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Dec
2
Marko Hakamaa
Background Investigation Contractor Workload Doubled
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KeyPoint Government Solutions (KPGS) announced that is it has doubled its caseload following the downfall of USIS and the subsequent reassignment of their cases over to KPGS and CACI. According to a story published in FedBiz, KPGS has had to borrow $22 million in order to meet the increased workload demands and personnel hiring needed to complete the cases that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has assigned. CACI has also experienced an increased caseload but was not forthcoming with any statistical data. OPM’s $2.5 billion Background Investigation Fieldwork Program contracts were redistributed between KPGS and CACI following OPM’s decision in September not to renew options with USIS.

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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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