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5 Tips for Attracting Young People to Government Careers

May 9, 2018 Getting a government job has frequently been referred to as an exercise in persistence. With lengthy time-to-hire stats and a security clearance process averaging between 200 and 500 days, entry-level professionals have long known if you need a job fast, you’re probably not going to work for the government. An...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 3, 2018 Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 2, 2018 Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...

The Office of Personnel Management Could Soon Lose One of Its Most Significant Functions

April 10, 2018 The Trump administration has been in the spotlight for its security clearance woes. So it perhaps should not be surprising that, according to multiple sources, the White House is considering a major overhaul of the entire background investigation program. In a meeting last week, Office of Management and Budget Director...

Security Clearance Backlog Has Been a Decade in the Making

December 15, 2017 The government is good at self-reflection. Positive action is a little more difficult. A Government Accountability Office report released earlier this week offers a case in point. The report reviews the Personnel Security Program, the status of the clearance backlog, and changes in the clearance process from 2012 to 2016....

The Agency Conducting Your Background Investigations May Change

November 9, 2017 If you live in Washington there are frequent jokes about things moving at the pace of government. Another adage is that to the extent things do change, there’s a good chance they’re changing back to the way they were done in years prior (government doesn’t so much reinvent itself as...

No, the Government Doesn't Have a Problem With Murderers Getting Security Clearances

September 15, 2017 As someone who has been writing broadly about the defense industry, and specifically about hiring practices for individuals with security clearances, there’s a recurring theme to the challenges—the government struggles to attract and retain individuals in national security careers. Congressional panels have convened to analyze the issue. Legislation has been...

State Department Has No Idea What It Costs to Give Security Clearances

August 17, 2017 The State Department’s inspector general recently released an evaluation of the department’s security clearance process. The verdict? Officials can only loosely estimate the time it takes to process clearances, and they don’t track the costs. State has been reporting its processing times to the Office of the Director of National...

State Department Relied on Bad Data for Considering Clearance Times, Cost

August 16, 2017 The State Department’s inspector general recently released an evaluation of the department’s security clearance process. The verdict? Officials can only loosely estimate the time it takes to process clearances, and they don’t track the costs. State has been reporting its processing times to the Office of the Director of National...