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Marko Hakamaa
Top Issues in 2015 for Security Clearance Denials
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In 2015 the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) Board held 996 hearings for appeals on adverse security clearance determinations or eligibility for placement into public trust positions. As was the case in the previous year, analysis of the types of issues involved showed that cases with financial and personal conduct issues made up the overwhelming majority. The next two highest categories were drug involvement and foreign influence. Below is a breakdown by adjudicative category of the types of issues presented (Note- some cases had multiple issues): more

Marko Hakamaa
The Perfect Storm: OPM e-QIP Shutdown vs OMB Smartcard Requirements
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Last week the Office of Personnel Management made a decision to shut down the e-QIP application used to process 90% of Federal government background investigations for 4-6 weeks. At the same time, due to the data breach which allowed hackers access to OPM investigative records through a laptop that was only user ID/password protected, the Office of Management and Budget has now pushed for all Federal agencies to comply with an HSPD-12 requirement first rolled out in 2005 that mandated agencies upgrade their IT infrastructures to meet Federal Identity Credentialing and Access Management (FICAM) standards. The result of these two events is “the perfect storm” in which compliance with investigative requirements for issuance of a smart identification card and the inability to submit background investigations has left agencies in quite a predicament. more

'Cash Register' Culture Plagues Private Security Clearance Investigation Companies
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Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published a scathing review of the security clearance investigation process at US Investigations Services, LLC.
Your Thoughts on ODNI's 2012 Security Clearance Report?
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This afternoon I posted a brief overview of the already brief annual report on the security clearance process released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The meager report is primarily data, leaving analysis to the reader.

The motive for demanding release of this data (I believe) is (1) general oversight of the number of security clearances granted by the government; and (2) that the reporting of investigation lengths serves as a check on agencies. more