Tag Archives: Security Clearance

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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Security Clearance Verifiers and References on the SF86

Security Clearance Verifier or ReferenceSecurity clearance background investigations can be time consuming. Providing all the pertinent and relevant information on the SF86 Questionnaire when you complete it facilitates the expeditious completion of your background investigation, especially if it covers activities in two or more states. Specifically you should ensure that you list proper references and verifiers for various activities on the SF86.


There is a difference between a verifier and a reference. A verifier is someone who has direct knowledge of a certain activity in your background. For example, Section 11, “Where you Have Lived,” on the SF86 requires you to list your residential addresses for the last ten years. In this section,…

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Security Clearance Reciprocity

Will your clearance transfer from one agency to another? The answer is “It depends.”

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management conducts the background investigations for the majority of federal government agencies. However there are several that conduct their own investigations, such as the intelligence agencies and Department of Homeland Security.

The more closely related the agencies, the more likely an agency will reciprocate another agency’s adjudication. Under certain guidelines, some agencies are required to reciprocate the clearance adjudication of another agency.

OMB Memorandum dated December 12, 2005 provides that an agency that needs to determine the eligibility for access to classified information for an individual who has current eligibility with…

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5 Most Popular ClearedJobs.Net Stories of 2013

As the year comes to a close we review our most popular blog stories of 2013. This year’s most-read articles have a common theme – security clearances.

We partnered this year with Tully Rinckey to bring you authoritative content on security clearances and it has proven to be very popular. In addition, Nicole Smith with Tully Rinckey will be presenting briefings on What You Need to Know about Your Security Clearance Reinvestigation at our 2014 Cleared Job Fairs.

Our 5 most popular stories of 2013:

5. Security Clearance Loss of Jurisdiction

Few things cause more frustration than being rejected by a prospective employer because of a…

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Foreign Influence and Your Security Clearance

Foreign Contacts

Contact with foreign nationals is one of the top reasons that security clearances are denied, suspended, or revoked. The concern agencies have is whether there is anything about your contact that could lead you to compromise classified information.

However, not all contact with foreign nationals will be an issue. If you have contact with foreign nationals, the employers will look at whether the contact is close and continuing, and whether or not the foreign national is someone with whom you are bound to by loyalty, affection, and/or obligation.

Essentially, the employer wants to determine if your loyalty to the foreign national is stronger than your loyalty to the…

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