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May
20
lindy.kyzer
What Will a Security Clearance Social Media Check Look Like?
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A memo released by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper paves the way for social media checks to be used in the security clearance background investigation process.

Any information searched must be related to the 13 adjudicative criteria, and must be information that is publicly available. A background investigator will not be asking for your log-in credentials, but you should expect your name to be searched on popular search engines and social media sites once the policy is implemented.

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May
3
Marko Hakamaa
Identity Theft Claim Not Plausible- Clearance Denied
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One would think that if you had your identity used to fraudulently charge purchases and run up delinquent debt that you would do something about it, like file an identity theft report with the local police or call the creditors, right? Well, in a recent clearance denial appeal case reviewed by the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, this applicant tried to convince the judge that the numerous debts on his credit report were the result of identity theft. However, he never reported it and took no steps with the creditors to resolve the debts. The judge noted that it seemed quite odd that the applicant’s credit report showed that the purported identity thief made payments towards the disputed accounts before they eventually became delinquent. I don’t know of many thieves who would post payments to an account they fraudulently charged to. Also noted was the fact that the applicant failed to disclose a delinquent mortgage account on the SF-86 that he later admitted was his debt, compounding the credibility of his claims. Needless to say, the judge was not swayed by the applicant’s claims of identity theft in the face of evidence to the contrary.

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Apr
5
Marko Hakamaa
OPM Investigation Billing Rates are a Mystery
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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the latest notice for their billing rates for background investigations aligned with the newly implemented 5 Tier background investigation system they incorporated late last year. How they come up with the rates for each type of investigation is a mystery and requires hiring a CPA to decipher.  Here is an example of what they now charge for some of their products:

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Jan
25
lindy.kyzer
Ask Your Clearance Questions – Part 24
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Our popular ongoing series allows you to ask your most complex questions regarding security clearances and our regular contributors of present and former clearance investigators and adjudicators will try to answer them. The rules are listed below. Failure to abide by them will mean your question will be deleted.

NOTE: Due to the volume of questions we receive, we cannot answer all of them. Selected questions that have not been answered in the past are most likely be answered.

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