Tag Archives: security clearance

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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What You Can Do About The Winter of the Cleared Job Market

Derek Zeller’s “Winter I$ Coming” outlined an increasingly bleak landscape for the cleared professional in today’s federal market. After years of growth and relative prosperity, the cleared job market has begun to contract. In Game of Thrones it was said that “a long summer always meant a long winter to come.” In a similar fashion, the ongoing adjustment in the cleared community is likely to last quite a while.

The push for fiscal austerity has hit hard and its drivers show no signs of waning. Annual federal IT spending is projected to drop from its current level of $112.5 billion to $102.1 billion by 2018.1 Sequestration is a significant culprit,…

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Winter I$ Coming

The theme is prevalent in the HBO show and book series Game of Thrones. It’s a prophetic thought that is set by these three words.

“Winter is Coming” is the motto of House Stark. The meaning behind these words is one of warning and constant vigilance. The Starks, being the lords of the North, strive to always be prepared for the coming of winter, which hits their lands the hardest.

In the DC metro area we have seen winters come and go with only minor irritations. However the mood has changed and like the rest of the United States, the great recession…

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