News & Career Advice

For Clearance Holders, Paying Delinquent Debt Isn’t the Only Way of “Resolving” It

Sean Bigley / Jul 3, 2018

Given that financial issues are the number one reason for security clearance denials and revocations, it’s no small wonder that one of the most frequent questions my office receives is how to resolve delinquent debt.

DoD’s Two-Track System for Resolving Whistleblower Reprisal – and Why it Isn’t Working

Sean Bigley / Jul 2, 2018

Unfortunately, where most agencies have developed a well-defined system for handling reprisal complaints, DoD’s process is muddied at best.

Creative Ways to Keep Your Clearance Current if Your New Job Doesn’t Require One

Sean Bigley / Jun 24, 2018

Fortunately, there are a few creative ways to maintain your security clearance eligibility if you find yourself facing a commercial sector opportunity you can’t refuse.

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.