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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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Jul
28
Marko Hakamaa
Selective Service Registration and Security Clearances
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Despite the fact that in today’s high tech society nearly everyone has instant access to a sea of information via the internet, an important requirement for males living in the U.S. is quite often overlooked or discounted.  The Selective Training and Service Act  instituted in 1940, temporarily suspended in 1975, and then reenacted again by President Carter in 1980, and known today as the Military Selective Service Act requires all U.S. males and legal immigrants born January 1, 1960 who are between the ages of 18-26 to register.  According to the Selective Service System, a 2013 survey revealed that 93% of the male population required to register have done so.  That leaves 7% who have not.

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Jul
14
Marko Hakamaa
Tips to Ensure Your Security Clearance Application is Processed Expeditiously
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Most security clearance applications that are rejected by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are due to missing or incomplete information. Applicants can help expedite the clearance process by ensuring their application is filled out completely and accurately with current phone numbers, addresses, and contacts.  If you have lived and worked overseas you should list references that are located in the United States who can verify the overseas activities. All employment, whether part-time or volunteering, and periods of unemployment are required to be listed.  All educational institutes attended within the scope of the question are required to be listed; if none then the last degree awarded should be listed.

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Jul
7
Marko Hakamaa
Licking Food Leads to Battery Charges and Clearance Revocation
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A recent news story from New Mexico highlights the seriousness of conduct that is directed towards law enforcement officials. According to an article filed by Reuters, Yolanda Arguello, a kitchen employee working as a contractor for the New Mexico Department of Corrections licked the cheese on sandwiches and sucked on ice cubes or placed them on the floor before serving them to probation and parole officers. As a result, she is facing felony battery charges on a peace officer and her security clearance was revoked.

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