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Marko Hakamaa

Marko Hakamaa served in various military police positions with the United States Army worldwide for 22 years before retiring in 2006 as a Master Sergeant. Afterwards, he transitioned into the civilian workforce as a contractor background investigator for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before entering civil service as a Security Specialist in 2009.

Security Clearance Jobs

How many Federal agencies or large corporations do you know of that can claim having a 96.7% employee retention rate year in year out? Not many! However, the National Security Agency bucks the trend by winning the hearts and loyalty of their employees to ensure they are satisfied in their

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Career AdviceSecurity Clearance Jobs

As one of the five major U.S. national intelligence agencies (the others being the CIA, NSA, NRO, and NGIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is one of the more secretive ones and is not often mentioned in news media or public opinion. Their headquarters is located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

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Security Clearance Process

Flying under the radar because of all of the recent security clearance news, little has been written about the facility security clearance backlog that has impacted companies who need the clearance in order to perform work on classified contracts. A Facility Security Clearance (FCL) is an administrative determination that a

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Security Clearance Denial

In 2015 the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) Board held 996 hearings for appeals on adverse security clearance determinations or eligibility for placement into public trust positions. As was the case in the previous year, analysis of the types of issues involved showed that cases with financial and

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