In May 2012 the DOD made the decision to consolidate all of the various component Central Adjudication Facilities (CAF) into one in order to streamline processes, improve efficiency, and standardize the adjudicative process across the spectrum to develop a level of trust when applying reciprocity. The transition phase started in January 2013 and the CAFs from these agencies were all rolled into one: Joint Chiefs Staff; Washington Headquarters; DISCO; DOHA; Army; Air Force; and Navy.
For security-clearance holders, flat is the new up, when it comes to salaries and earnings. The good news is trends may grow more optimistic going forward.
A Washington Post article discussed recent trends in security clearance compensation and the possible reasons for the decline. When it comes to surveying salary, there is one area that gets the most attention – the Washington, D.C. metro. The ClearanceJobs compensation survey is one of the only surveys that explores cleared salaries across the globe, including micro-reports for key defense industry states.
In a follow up to a previous article highlighting how Chinese hackers attack U.S. networks, another story has hit the news headlines describing how former background investigation contractor USIS failed to detect a security breach by Chinese hackers who penetrated USIS information system firewalls for several months. The hackers gained access to personally identifiable information (PII) on security clearance applications before being found out. Some of the information that was compromised included the security records of 25,000 Department of Homeland Security employees.
The Office of the Director or National Intelligence (ODNI) recently published a fact sheet on their website outlining some changes being implemented regarding the way that the Continuous Evaluation Program (CEP) will be conducted on security clearance holders. These changes were effected as a result of clearance reform initiatives that identified gaps in between investigation cycles where conduct of potential concern went unnoticed or unreported. Initially the current focus of these changes are for select agencies that have individuals who hold Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, but the program eventually will be expanded to include all TS/SCI access holders.