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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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Dec
17
Marko Hakamaa
You’re Fired: Senate Passes New Penalties for Those Who Lie on Their Background Investigation
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Senate Passes Bill to Terminate Those Who Falsify Background Investigation Information

On December 15, 2014 the Senate passed the Security Clearance Accountability, Reform, and Enhancement Act and sent it to the House of Representatives for a vote. The bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to take action against anyone who engages in covered misconduct or intentionally attempts to affect the integrity of a background investigation report, including the withholding or providing of false information on the background investigation questionnaire. The applicant or employee would be terminated or placed on administrative leave pending completion of the due process, and if found culpable, be debarred.

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Nov
25
Marko Hakamaa
DOD Central Adjudication Facility Transformation and Adjudication Timeliness
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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.

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