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Mar
5
lindy.kyzer
Security Clearance Federal Investigative Standards – A Sign of the Times?
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As public opinion sways, so does the security clearance process. At least that’s the argument a contributor at ClearanceJobs.com made recently. He unpacked several of the ways that Federal Investigative Standards have, or will, change to reflect societal shifts.

What FIS updates do you see on the horizon?

FOREIGN INFLUENCE AND SECURITY CLEARANCES

Take for instance foreign relationships and contacts: an ever increasing percentage of Americans are foreign born.  This has increased the number of households who have relatives that are foreign citizens.  Additionally, second generation Americans are now embracing their heritage and roots and developing contacts with extended families overseas.  More and more people from countries that were high on the CIA watch lists like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya are now becoming naturalized U.S. citizens while still maintaining close bonds to their homelands.   Two guidelines, Foreign Preference and Foreign Influence, are intertwined and may evolve into being called Foreign Involvement.  The focus of concern would be on actions taken to be involved in foreign politics, foreign employment, foreign property/business ownership, taking up arms for a foreign military, and in general, taking any action that might be in conflict with U.S. policy and interests.

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Feb
13
lindy.kyzer
Congress Unleashes New Security Clearance Report
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Among the proposals on the table as Congress looks to reform the security clearance process in the wake of the Navy Yard Shooting – better cooperation with local law enforcement, continuous monitoring, and allowing background investigators to use the Internet when conducting background investigations.

This week the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee released the findings of a new 44-page report outlining the flaws in the security clearance process.

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Jan
24
lindy.kyzer
Security Clearance Investigations in the Hot Seat
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This week the Department of Justice filed a new complaint against security clearance investigation firm USIS. The filing accuses the company of filing incomplete investigations approximately 40 percent of the time, at least 665,000 cases. USIS has been under fire in recent months, as congress steps up efforts to reform the security clearance process and improve security clearance background checks.

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Jan
16
lindy.kyzer
Will New OPM Oversight Help the Clearance Process?
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In the wake of Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis, Congress is in a push to reform the security clearance process. Where congressional testimony in years past focused on the need to speed up the clearance process and make it easier for cleared personnel to get to work on classified projects, today’s push centers around increased scrutiny and more oversight.

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