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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.


Lately there has been a lot of discussion and questions on the site regarding polygraphs and in response I have put together this general information. Keep in mind that each agency has its own criteria and policies regarding the use of polygraphs and acceptable results. NDI = A ‘passed’ polygraph

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Career Advice

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is the training branch for Office of the Director of National Intelligence and it offers training support to all government agencies, contracted government security and intelligence industry companies, and private sector corporate entities who may be the target of collection efforts by criminals or

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Security Clearance Denial

A recent Defense Office Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) to deny eligibility for a security clearance to a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor based on foreign influence and foreign preference concerns resulting from the applicant’s ties to Canada.

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Security Clearance Jobs

CIA Director John Brennan outlined the 21st century challenges facing his agency and the organizational changes being made to address these challenges at a recent dinner event in front of 500 guests of the Intelligence Community. Among the changes currently being implemented were two key additions to the agency: Establishment

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