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Periodic Reinvestigations For Public Trust & Security Clearances

On November 9, 2011 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published its final rule on changes to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 731 (5 CFR 731), “Suitability.”  The new rule went into effect on December 9, 2011. The … Continue reading

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Security Clearance Help: Who Needs It?

Many people who find themselves filling out a Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” know little about the security clearance process and have a vague understanding of what might affect their eligibility to receive a clearance. Some … Continue reading

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Aaron Alexis: Security Clearance Failure?

A lot has been reported during the past month about the failure of the federal security clearance process as it relates to Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter who murdered 12 people on September 16, 2013. What Was Known … Continue reading

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Pending Changes to Federal Personnel Security Policy

Four significant pending changes to federal personnel security policy were mentioned in the published minutes of the March 2013 NISPPAC meeting. These changes were reported by Charles Sowell, the former Deputy Assistant Director for Special Security at the Office of … Continue reading

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Changes to the Security Clearance Mental Health Question

Over the past few decades the mental health question on the most commonly used national security clearance application form has become increasingly complex as the form itself has grown incredibly long and detailed. The 1964 version of DOD Form 398 … Continue reading

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