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Mar
10
Marko Hakamaa
Facility Clearance Process Updated
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DSS Updates the FCL Request Process

The Defense Security Service (DSS) has finished updates to the Facility Clearance (FCL) process in efforts to improve accountability and make it more efficient. The updates include a “FCL Roadmap” and an accompanying FCL Orientation Handbook that provide detailed explanations of the process and how to submit a request through electronically through the e-FCL.

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Feb
10
Marko Hakamaa
Enabling Security Clearance Reciprocity, Better Technology – DISS is the new JPAS
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has been moving forward on a project that began in 2008 called the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) family of systems (FoS). This system will integrate the data from various current security clearance and suitability systems enabling consistent standards and reciprocal recognition for all DoD clearances. Once the DISS is fully implemented (sometime in FY2015) JPAS will be fully decommissioned (currently scheduled for November 2016).

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Jan
29
Marko Hakamaa
Bill to Reduce Number of Top Secret Clearances for Contractors
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On January 6, 2015 Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, introduced a bill, H.R.55 – Rightsizing Activities of Intelligence Non-Governmental Contractors (RAINC) Act of 2015, that would require the U.S. Intelligence Community to reduce the number of top secret clearances granted to contractors.

Here is the official summary of the bill posted on the OpenCongress.org website:

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Jan
2
Marko Hakamaa
Are Foreign-Born U.S. Citizens a Threat to National Security?
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Everyday immigrants from all over the world legally enter the United States to live and work as permanent resident aliens. Eventually, after meeting residency requirements, they apply for and are granted U.S. citizenship. This now opens the door to becoming eligible for a security clearance and many who work on contracts or directly for the government undergo a background investigation, are cleared, and then granted access to classified/sensitive information or facilities. There is no problem here, right? They are, after all, now U.S. citizens.

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