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Jun
13
Marko Hakamaa
Employment Misconduct Issues and Your Security Clearance
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Demonstrating good judgment and reliability by following rules and procedures in the workplace is a significant factor for determining eligibility for access to national security information, as a recent DoD security clearance applicant found out. In this particular Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, the employee was issued a statement of reasons for a pattern of a failure to follow rules in employment resulting in terminations. The judge also considered the applicant’s inconsistent statements and lack of full disclosure about the details of the incidents that resulted in his getting fired from two jobs.

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Apr
5
Marko Hakamaa
OPM Investigation Billing Rates are a Mystery
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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the latest notice for their billing rates for background investigations aligned with the newly implemented 5 Tier background investigation system they incorporated late last year. How they come up with the rates for each type of investigation is a mystery and requires hiring a CPA to decipher.  Here is an example of what they now charge for some of their products:

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Mar
23
Marko Hakamaa
Failure to File Taxes Results in Denial for Public Trust Position
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In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, the judge was unsympathetic toward the applicant who was initially denied eligibility for placement into a Public Trust position as a contractor with the DoD. The denial was due to the fact that she failed to file federal taxes for years 2006-2007 and state taxes for years 2005-2007. The reason she gave the judge for not filing her taxes? Amazingly enough, she claimed she was influenced by her sister who had talked to her about a legal way (obtained from a book) to avoid paying income taxes.

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Mar
15
Marko Hakamaa
USIS Whistleblower Finally Compensated for Doing the Right Thing
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The man who blew the lid off of security clearance fraud committed by former OPM Contractor USIS finally got compensated for his perseverance and courage to speak up and do the right thing. An article in the Washington Post detailed how Blake Percival, a former USIS Director of Fieldwork Services, went from an extravagant office in western Pennsylvania making $110,000 a year, to getting fired and his family having to live at his parents’ house in Alabama with barely enough money to feed his family. Percival filed a civil lawsuit against USIS and after 4 and-a-half years of dealing with the justice system, Percival was awarded a little bit over six million dollars–of which he will get 3.3 million after paying off all of his legal fees.

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