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TS SCI: It’s kind of a big deal…
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Do you have a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI) clearance?  According to Wanted Analytics, this high-level distinction is one of the top five most advertised certifications/clearances nationally and ranks #1 for information technology jobs.

In terms of what jobs and where, if you have a TS SCI let’s hope you love IT and the West Coast (or Texas).  These factors seem to describe most of the job ads out there. more
Hot Hints for Completing Your SF-86
Getting/Updating a Clearance
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Today, clearance veteran William Loveridge offered his insights for tackling the legendary “Standard Form 86” (SF-86)/”electronic Questionnaire for Investigation Processing” (eQIP).  Among his recommendations?

- Certain things you know are required, so start gathering the info in advance, such as: Employment history Address history Current copy of your credit report more
Drug and Alcohol Use and Your Security Clearance
Getting/Updating a Clearance
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If you’re applying for a security clearance and wonder how questions surrounding drug and alcohol use will affect your final decision, the answer is: It depends.

Not all forms of drug and alcohol use are the equal for purposes of a security clearance.   Generally, these behavioral instances aren’t necessarily a per se disqualification; however, they may be indicative of other unbecoming conduct. For example, drug and/or alcohol use are often coupled with other behavioral issues, whether it be criminal (DUI, theft, assault) or non-criminal (defaulting on debts, excessive spending). more
Security Clearances as Reference Checks
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The Justice Department came under fire earlier this year for failing to check references for law enforcement hires. A report released by the agency’s inspector general found that background checks and security clearance investigations were considered by some to be a replacement for standard workplace reference checks.

Job seekers often mistake an agency’s employment suitability process for the security clearance process. It’s no surprise that hiring managers, especially in federal offices facing staffing shortages, would look for opportunities to shorten what can often be a lengthy government hiring process. But whether or not a security clearance could replace reference checks depends upon what a reference check is used for. Although it can be argued whether or not a security clearance establishes character, it should establish a baseline of credibility an trustworthiness. What it doesn’t determine, as the Justice Department IG report notes, is competence and qualifications for a specific position. more