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Oct
21
Marko Hakamaa
Safeguarding Classified Information Within Industry Provides Guidance on Clearance Denial
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Not many are aware that Executive Order 10865 not only provides the authorities and guidance for safeguarding classified information, but it also provides due process requirements for those who may be issued a letter of intent to revoke or deny and a statement of reasons.

Below are the provisions each agency must follow with certain very narrow exceptions:

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Oct
1
Marko Hakamaa
Security Clearance Process Reforms- Will They Work?
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A year after the Washington Navy Yard shootings security clearance process reform is moving forward, albeit slowly and methodically. A recent Washington Post article highlighted the progress already made in certain areas, but also came to the conclusion that there is still quite a bit of work to be done before any meaningful changes are effected. Among the changes underway are reducing the number of clearance holders to those that actually need them, decreasing the intervals in between reinvestigations, and updating the continuous evaluation process to make it more robust and effective.

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Sep
2
Marko Hakamaa
Commercial Companies Accessing and Selling Your Personal Data
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While recent news reports have focused on the NSA’s PRISM program and the government’s use of personal data to detect terror threats, a recent news report sheds new light on the massive commercial business of collecting and selling personal data.

CBS News recently broadcast a special investigative report regarding data brokers who collect personal information about you and sell it to other commercial entities.  The amount of data being collected is staggering, with complete dossiers being compiled on millions of people including purchase histories, buying preferences, on-line browsing history, and even medical and prescription drug information.  The report highlighted the fact that every time you access a website it is more than likely that there are many other entities monitoring and recording your activity on that site for information that they package and sell to someone else.

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Aug
27
Marko Hakamaa
Deliberate Falsification on Security Clearance Application Results in Denial
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In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case the original decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to deny the applicant a security clearance was upheld by the board.  This particular case involved Guidelines J (Criminal Conduct) and E (Personal Conduct).  The applicant had a history of serious criminal conduct that involved unlawful wounding, stalking, DUI, probation violations, assault, and destruction of property.  However, the DUI was the latest criminal offense that he had been convicted of and it occurred over 6 years ago.  Had there been no other more recent issues in the case then the criminal conduct it could have been mitigated by time and rehabilitation.

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