New DIA Policy Requires All Contractors to Pass Polygraph
Starting next year the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) will require all contractors who conduct sensitive compartmented information work to pass a counterintelligence-scope polygraph. The DIA Director of Security, Michael Londregan, issued the notice last week notifying its workforce that they will begin a phased implementation in January 2017. Ominously, the notice states that refusal to take the polygraph without reasonable cause, failure to fully cooperate during the polygraph, or any attempts to deceive or use countermeasures during the polygraph could result in losing your clearance (and as a result your employment) if the access is required for the job.
It is probably obvious to most of us as to what events contributed to the DIA making this policy change. You may recall the two contractors working for the NSA (one now living in Russia and the other one currently in jail pending charges). So what does this mean if you are a contractor assigned SCI work in support of the DIA? If you do not already have an acceptable polygraph examination on file then you will have to undergo one before being allowed unescorted access to DIA systems, facilities, or information. In other words, it will involve more waiting to be able to do your job even after you get a Top Secret clearance. After reading mixed reviews about the work environment at the DIA posted by military members, government employees, and contractors, I would not be surprised if this new policy sends a number of the current workforce running for the door.