News & Career Advice

ODNI Must Clarify Polygraph Policy

Sean Bigley / Jun 20, 2018

The 2017 revisions to the national adjudicative guidelines for security clearances establish a government-wide ban on using polygraph “technical calls” to deny or revoke a security clearance in the absence of “adjudicatively significant information.”

Dirty Drug Tests and the “One Time Use” Excuse

Sean Bigley / Jun 17, 2018

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone who tested positive on a random drug test claim they only used drugs once – right before their test – I’d be a rich man.

The Four Cardinal Rules for Taking a Polygraph

Sean Bigley / Jun 11, 2018

The process of taking a polygraph is stressful and nerve-wracking by design, but here are four critical things to understand before you ever set foot in an examination room.

Does the Government Compare my Current SF-86 to Past Submissions?

Sean Bigley / May 27, 2018

This question is generally posed by individuals concerned about something that already happened – a falsified SF-86 they previously submitted. Here’s why that’s an issue.

Ageism in Security Clearance Adjudications

Sean Bigley / May 4, 2018

In the security clearance realm, perhaps the most prevalent “ism” I encounter is one that gets far less attention: ageism.