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The Security Clearance Backlog is on the Decline
In News by admin / December 5, 2018

Image source The ever-growing backlog of security clearance investigations is a topic we have touched on for months, and the news typically focuses on how the backlog keeps growing. Finally, the tide appears to have turned. The first significant drop in the backlog in years has occurred – a drop of more than 9 percent, […]

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Pilot Project Hopes to Speed Clearance Process
In Blog by admin / August 27, 2018

Image Source As the backlog of security clearance applications grows, the federal government is embarking on a pilot program that it hopes will expedite the investigation process. The National Background Investigations Bureau plans to use information that federal contractors collect on their employees during the hiring process to help with background checks, according to a […]

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Executive Order Will Turn Over Clearance Duties to DoD
In News by admin / August 22, 2018

  Image Source   An executive order that is expected to be signed in October will formally turn over to the Department of Defense the responsibility for conducting security clearance investigations for all federal agencies. This will take effect no later than October 2020. “The intent is that 100 percent of security clearance processing” for […]

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Former CIA Officer Convicted of Espionage
In News by admin / July 25, 2018

Image Source A former CIA officer convicted on June 8 of espionage could face life in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 21. A federal jury in Virginia found Kevin Patrick Mallory, 61, guilty of conspiracy to deliver, attempted delivery, delivery of defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements, […]

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Reform Plan Recommends More Clearance Responsibility for DoD
In News by admin / July 7, 2018

Image Source A reform plan released on June 21 by the Executive Office of the President of the United States recommends reducing the Office of Personnel Management and transferring its security clearance duties to the Department of Defense. The plan cites the 2014 data breach into OPM’s systems, which became one of the biggest national […]

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Ex-CIA Agent Pleads Not Guilty to Espionage
In Blog by admin / June 29, 2018

Image Source Former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee faced an additional charge when he appeared in federal court May 19: conspiracy to commit espionage.   He pleaded not guilty to that, as well as to two counts of illegal retention of classified information, which he was charged with at the time of his arrest […]

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White House Arrest Raises Security Clearance Concerns
In News by admin / June 26, 2018

Image Source Security clearance holders are legally bound to self-report a variety of incidents, but a contractor arrested outside the White House on June 5 failed to let anyone know he was wanted for attempted first-degree murder. The U.S. Secret Service arrested Martese Maurice Edwards, 30, after it learned of his warrant through the Criminal […]

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Clearance Reviews for Facilities Lag
In Blog by admin / May 25, 2018

Image Source The Defense Security Service was unable to conduct security reviews at about 60 percent of cleared facilities in fiscal year 2016, according to a Government Accountability Office report released in May. The DSS is responsible for vetting the security of more than 12,000 contractor facilities, in a similar fashion to the task of vetting […]

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Suspect Identified in CIA’s “Vault 7” Leak
In News by admin / May 10, 2018

Image Source A suspect has been identified in one of the CIA’s most significant leaks in its history: Joshua Adam Schulte. Schulte, 29, worked for the CIA Engineering Development Group, which designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, The Washington Post reported. He leaked the information to WikiLeaks, which published it in March 2017 […]

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New Report Released on Security Clearance Backlog
In Blog by admin / April 25, 2018

Image Source The security clearance backlog is a topic that continues to circulate as a new government report released in March revealed that the backlog continues to increase.   The FY 2016 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations also revealed that the number of security clearance holders is on the decline. The number of security […]