Significant other? Cohabitant? Buddy? Strictly professional? These situations can get complicated, so perhaps the best way of assessing any living situation is to approach it with this question in mind: What is the government’s motivation for inquiring?
The lesson here for applicants attempting to obtain an interim security clearance is simply this: don’t underestimate the value of the comments sections on the SF-86 form as a place to mitigate potential concerns.
Las Vegas has earned its reputation as a carefree ‘playground’ for those wishing to let loose. But its implied anarchy is overblown – and security clearance holders can forget about partaking in it anyway.
As it turns out, the same cutting-edge technologies so exciting to consumers are also of considerable interest to the feds. The internet, cell phones, and global positioning systems were all government-funded projects before they exploded into the mainstream.
History demonstrates that all good things eventually come to an end. Strength of the U.S. economy notwithstanding, a financial crisis at some point is inevitable, and security clearance holders should be prepared.
The two most common examples are misunderstanding the nature of court-mandated first-time DUI offender classes, and failing to accurately report on their SF-86 form the correct offense for which they were arrested.
if you don’t like your DOHA judge’s decision, you don’t get to re-argue your case on appeal, submit new evidence, or really do anything besides challenge the decision on procedural or other due process grounds.
Before determining whether a particular scenario does present problems – and before assessing what, if anything, can be done to proactively mitigate it – one must determine whether or not s/he actually holds dual citizenship.
Not only are courts barred from reviewing the stated reasons for an agency’s security clearance decision, they also can’t, as a general matter, “peer behind the curtain” to assess whether those stated reasons form a pretext for other, hidden reasons.
No matter how you slice it, security managers are an indispensable yet under-utilized resource in many organizations. With a bit of foresight and thoughtful decision-making, that doesn’t have to be the situation.