Category Archives: Policy & Standards

Interim Versus Final Clearances

Interim federal suitability, fitness, credentialing,1 and security clearance determinations are based on the completion of partial investigative requirements and are granted on a temporary basis, pending completion of the full investigative requirements and a final eligibility determination. For many applicants … Continue reading

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Employment Suitability Versus Security Clearance

When you accept a federal job offer that requires a security clearance, you will be required to submit a “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” also known as a Standard Form 86 (SF86). Although the paper version of the SF86 is … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12

HSPD-12, “Policies for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors,” was signed in August 2004 and is one of three major federal personnel security programs. The other two programs encompass national security clearances and federal employment suitability/fitness. For … Continue reading

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Defense Office of Hearings And Appeals

Until recently I worked at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) where I adjudicated background investigations on defense contractors who had applied for security clearances. Defense contractor cases are usually handled by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office … Continue reading

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Understanding Federal Personnel Security Programs

People often use the generic term, “security clearance,” when referring to any government determination regarding an individual’s eligibility for access to protected information, facilities, or computer systems, as well as federal employment suitability or fitness. There are 3 major federal … Continue reading

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