It is amazing to me how a select few individuals get in trouble for misconduct with one government agency and within weeks find employment with another agency. Reference checking seems to be a thing of the past and hiring officials don’t heed warning signs when reviewing work history on resumes’. A recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case highlighted exactly this scenario – here is a summary: The security clearance applicant is the CEO and 51% owner of a service-disabled small business federal contracting company trying to obtain a Facility Clearance (FCL) in order to work on Defense Department classified contracts. The applicant had previously held a personnel security clearance and facility security clearance until 2015. In order to get an FCL, all Key Management Personnel must be cleared. The applicant was initially denied eligibility for a clearance by the DoD CAF based on several instances of misconduct while working for multiple agencies:
- As a contracting officer for the DoD he was under investigation for bribery and conspiracy for awarding contracts to sham companies and getting kickbacks.
- While working for the Peace Corp he was fired for viewing pornography on government computers.
- The General Services Administration terminated him from employment because he misused his government credit card.
- Arrested for domestic violence assault in 2012.