I was researching some of the lesser known facts about security clearances and background investigations and ran across a very informative and interesting article posted on WiseGeek.com that described what a Yankee White security clearance is and what the requirements are to get one. In a nutshell, in order to work on the staff of the President or Vice President of the United States, one has to undergo and pass the extensive background check (basically an enhanced SSBI) that is conducted to identify potential security risks. But that is not all. Anyone being considered for one of these positions will also have their friends, acquaintances, and family members checked out and possibly interviewed as well.
Most of the articles and comments you read about regarding security clearances and reciprocity contain information about how your security clearance can transfer from one agency or company to another under reciprocity guidelines. Little or no attention is given to situations or circumstances where a security clearance will not transfer, Below are examples of when your security clearance may not be eligible under reciprocity and gaining agencies will most likely require additional security clearance processing.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has been moving forward on a project that began in 2008 called the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) family of systems (FoS). This system will integrate the data from various current security clearance and suitability systems enabling consistent standards and reciprocal recognition for all DoD clearances. Once the DISS is fully implemented (sometime in FY2015) JPAS will be fully decommissioned (currently scheduled for November 2016).
Last July I wrote about what the top issues were that resulted in security clearances denials by the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) Board which review industrial security clearance cases. Here are the final numbers on the 884 cases that were heard this year broken down by the types of issues noted in each case (*note- some cases had multiple issues):