Category Archives: Policy & Standards

Federal Investigative Standards

In June 2008 the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13467, “Reforming Processes Related to Suitability for Government Employment, Fitness for Contractor Employees, and Eligibility Access to Classified National Security Information.” The goal of the EO was to align the three … Continue reading

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Changes to Interim Secret Clearance

July 28, 2014 For close to two years the Defense Security Service (DSS) has been advising stakeholders about an upcoming change to how interim Secret clearance decisions will be made.  It seems that they are now only a few months … Continue reading

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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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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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