Security Clearance Jobs Forum discussing cleared job opportunities in defense, SF86/eQIP help, and clearance reform.
Jul
26
Marko Hakamaa
DOE Clearances and Office of Hearing and Appeals Cases
Getting/Updating a Clearance
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Hearing and Appeals, much like its counterpart within the DoD (DOHA), hears appeals for those denied eligibility for a DOE “Q” or “L” security clearances. Unlike DOHA, the DOE appeals board decides on both federal and contractor employees alike and makes adjudicative decisions in other areas like Human Reliability Program reviews, FOIA appeals, whistleblower cases, contractor employment grievances, and other mediations. The bulk of their work, however, involves security clearance eligibility decisions. In their annual FY 2015 report the board heard and made decisions on 104 clearance eligibility related cases that fell into the most frequent disqualifying categories of conduct or concern (some had multiple issues). Here is a breakdown of the numbers and issues:

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Jul
20
Marko Hakamaa
Having a Sexual Relationship with a Foreign National Housekeeper: Clearance Denied
Getting/Updating a Clearance, Security-Cleared Career Advice
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Many government contractors live and work all over the world in areas where family members cannot go. Locals are hired to take care of basic necessities such as food services, laundry, and housecleaning. Naturally, it is tempting to engage in extracurricular activities, as well. However, if you hold a security clearance you should think twice before engaging in sexual relations with a local foreign national, especially if you are married. A DoD contractor found this out when the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals upheld the decision to deny his clearance based upon his sexual relationship with his housekeeper/cook while he worked in Kyrgyzstan for a year, his failure to disclose the relationship to his employer, and his lack of candor about it during the hearing.

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Jul
12
Marko Hakamaa
Interim Secret Clearance Process Change and Periodic Reinvestigations
Cleared News
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In mid-August Personnel Security Management Office for Industry (PSMO-I) , the branch of DSS that processes the investigation applications and grants interim security clearances for DoD, will no longer grant interims based on the review of the SF-86. Instead, they will wait for the results of the Advanced National Agency Check (NAC) to come back before making a decision. As I have noted previously, one of the checks that have held up the completion of investigations is the FBI name check which is submitted as a part of the NAC. PSMO-I are aware of this issue and have decided the name check portion of the NAC will only be required if there is a hit on the NAC. With this change PSMO-I anticipates that it will take an average of 35 days to get an Interim Secret security clearance.

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