News & Career Advice

For Clearance Holders, What Happens in Vegas (or Amsterdam) Doesn’t Stay There

Sean Bigley / Sep 9, 2018

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.

Surprising Places Your Security Clearance is in Demand

Sean Bigley / Sep 2, 2018

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.

How the Next Recession Will Impact Clearance Holders

Sean Bigley / Aug 26, 2018

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 Number One Mistake Clearance Holders Make After a DUI

Sean Bigley / Aug 19, 2018

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.

Why Waiting to Take Your DOHA Case Seriously is a Bad Idea

Sean Bigley / Aug 12, 2018

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.

Dual Citizenship Raises Questions for Some Security Clearance Applicants

Sean Bigley / Aug 5, 2018

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.

Filing EEO With a Security Clearance Denial or Revocation

Sean Bigley / Jul 31, 2018

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.

Security Managers an Under-Used Resource

Sean Bigley / Jul 19, 2018

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.