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Aug
29
Marko Hakamaa
OPM Behind the Power Curve in Standing up the National Background Investigations Bureau
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Back in January of this year OPM announced that it was standing up of a new agency, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), which would take over conducting background investigations from OPM’s Federal Investigative Services by October 2016 as a part of security clearance processing reforms. On August 23, 2016 Senators Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill wrote a letter to OPM Director Beth Cobert expressing serious concerns about current national security background investigation backlogs and OPM’s ability to meet its own self-imposed milestones in standing up the NBIB.

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Aug
26
Marko Hakamaa
Listing Criminal Charges with Adjudication Withheld on Your SF-86
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A common mistake security clearance applicants make is in thinking that criminal charges filed against them resulting in the judge withholding adjudication do not have to be reported. This is not true, regardless of what advice a recruiter, friend, or solicitor may tell you. What does adjudication withheld actually mean? Basically, it is a special authority given to judges who can withhold adjudication in criminal matters where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest to the charge. In turn the judge, after imposing conditions like probation or pretrial diversion which must be successfully completed, can then drop or dismiss the charges. Several states have statues that allow defendants who have committed offenses where adjudication was withheld to deny having had criminal convictions on job applications. However, this does not apply under Federal guidelines. Government agencies have embedded provisions within their employment regulations, which specifically indicate that a plea and a judgment, regardless of whether adjudication was withheld or not, is considered a conviction and may subject an employee to sanctions including termination.

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Aug
11
Marko Hakamaa
FBI Loyalty Agreement Required for Dual Citizens
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As we all know, one of the adjudicative guidelines that could disqualify a person from being granted eligibility for a security clearance is Guideline C: Foreign Preference. Most of the time this deals with those who claim dual citizenship, meaning a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Quite often this issue is mitigated by the fact that the individual was granted foreign citizenship through birth or through their parents and have not actively sought to retain any benefits from it. Other mitigators may include handing over a foreign passport to the FSO for safekeeping or expressing a willingness to renounce dual citizenship if asked, however, this is not required to be put into writing.

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