Tag Archives: Security Clearance

Will Security Clearance Processing Lengthen

Security Clearance Processing TimeAs many of you have probably heard in the news, USIS, the company contracted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to conduct background investigations, has lost its contract with the agency. For those who are unfamiliar with how background investigations are processed, OPM is tasked with conducting the background investigations for many federal agencies, including the Department of Defense.

OPM itself does not have the manpower to efficiently process all of the background investigations. For this reason it contracts work out to various contractors, the largest of which was USIS. USIS employed several thousand investigators to perform investigations under its contract with OPM and processed approximately 21,000 investigations…

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What Happens if Your Security Clearance is Suspended or Revoked

Security clearance suspended or revokedYour security clearance can be suspended or revoked at any time. A suspension or revocation can occur as a result of an incident report or as a result of information discovered during the course of your updated background investigation.

An incident report is a report submitted to the agency notifying it of a developed circumstance which could affect your continued eligibility to hold a security clearance. One example is being charged with a criminal offense. If this happens, you are required to notify your facility security officer, who is then required to notify the agency that granted you a clearance. If the agency determines that the conduct described in the…

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Criminal Conduct and Your Security Clearance

JailedSo you’ve recently been charged, cited, or arrested for some type of criminal conduct, and you’re wondering whether or how it will affect your security clearance. The answer: It depends.

First, you should be aware that you have a duty to report certain offenses to your facility security officer (FSO), regardless of whether or not you are up for your security clearance renewal. You must report offenses that ordinarily would be required to be listed on the SF86. The SF86 Questionnaire requires that you list the following:

  1. Issuances of tickets, citations, or summons to appear in court in a criminal proceeding against you (other than traffic infractions where the

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How Missing SF86 Information Affects Your Security Clearance Eligibility

SF86 Missing InformationToo often applicants do not take the completion of the SF86 Questionnaire seriously enough, resulting in detrimental effects later on. Specifically agencies look to the SF86 to determine if you are completely honest about issues and incidents in your background. If you omit required information on the SF86 or mis-characterize a piece of information, agencies are likely to believe that you cannot be trusted.

Some security applicants carelessly complete the SF86, assuming that any errors or unintentional omissions can be corrected during an interview with an investigator. This is only partly true.

Yes you can correct mistakes and provide additional information during an interview with an investigator. If you failed…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Edessa Reed, PSS

Edessa ReedEdessa, tell us about yourself and your company

I have been in the recruiting industry for nine years. About seven years ago I decided to move into an Information Technology Recruiting role. Presently as an Intelligence Technical Recruiter with Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), I  am responsible for supporting several government efforts with multiple openings. All these openings require at least a Top Secret/SCI up to Top Secret/SCI with a Full Scope Polygraph clearance. Most of the positions I recruit for are located within the Northern Virginia, DC Metro and Maryland areas.

Since 1991, PSS has been providing reliable, cost-effective solutions to meet our clients’ goals and objectives in the core…

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