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Dec
7
Marko Hakamaa
Check this Site to Verify if Your Information Was Compromised in OPM Data Breech
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According to the acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Beth Cobert, OPM launched a new verification website hosted by the Pentagon that allows you to check to see if your personal information was compromised in the OPM data breech last summer. The site, which has a dmdc.osd.mil URL, asks the individual to input personal information such as name, DOB, SSN, address, email address, and the reason for the request. The drop down for the reason includes:

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Oct
6
Marko Hakamaa
OPM’s 5 Tiered Background Investigations System Draws Unfavorable Comments
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Late last Fall the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) implemented the first 2 tiers of the new 5-tier background investigation process that was approved through collaboration between OPM and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Although OPM did not send out an official notice to the field that they were implementing Tiers 3 and 3R (reinvestigation) effective in FY 2016, they have now been incorporated into the new billing standards (Federal Investigations Notice No. 16-01 issued on October 2, 2015). OPM still has not revealed when it will implement Tiers 4 and 5. Below are what the new tiers look like:

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Sep
3
Marko Hakamaa
Drug Use While in a Public Trust Position
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In an interesting Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, at issue was the marijuana use of a contractor who was working in a public trust position and subsequently applied for a security clearance. In 2008 for the public trust position she noted on her background investigation paperwork that she had used marijuana from 2003 to 2008 while in college. This issue was favorably adjudicated and she was cleared to work in the public trust position. Fast forward to 2013 when she filled out an SF-86 for a security clearance and disclosed new drug use information on the form stating she had used marijuana ten times between 2009 and 2013.

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Jun
30
Marko Hakamaa
Military Espionage “Insider Threat” Case from the FBI Archives
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I came across an interesting case about a U.S. Army soldier who attempted to sell classified information to who he thought was a Russian officer. The story, as described by the ensuing joint investigation conducted by Army Counterintelligence, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and FBI investigators reads like something out of a Brad Thor bestseller. Stationed at a joint Army-Air Force base in Alaska in 2011, this military police soldier, who had been known to spout radical anti-government rhetoric and white supremacist views, decided to cash in on his access to classified national security information by selling it to the Russians.

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