Security Clearance Careers Podcast
How to Convince a Company to Sponsor Your Security Clearance
Jill Hamilton and Katie Keller run through a story of an employee at a mid-sized aerospace company as a lead engineer in the software domain. They are about to complete a big federal project and start a new one with a another federal defense agency. None of their present or future projects to date have needed a security clearance, but their company does a lot of work and advertises for roles requiring clearance. Can you convince your boss (or any company really) to sponsor you?As a contractor, you must be working on a contract that has work requiring a clearance to initiate the clearance process. As much as a company may value you as an employee, they cannot just get you a clearance for no reason. There are managers who have assigned folks that have proved themselves on an unclassified contract to a classified contract for the purposes of getting them a clearance. It takes finesse and patience, but tune in to this episode of ClearedCast to learn tips on negotiating someone to sponsor you.
Top Reasons Your Next Job Should Be at Boeing
Roxanne Wood, CEO of Boeing Intelligence & Analytics , thinks Boeing has a lot to offer to cleared candidates looking for a job. We sat down with her to discuss why Boeing is a great place to work.
Northern Virginia Remains Cybersecurity Hub, Hotbed of New Tech
With all of the talk of tech layoffs and a crunch in the tech market, it's important to remember that open technology positions continue to far outpace the supply of talent - particularly in the Northern Virginia region, where technology innovation and government need meet. ClearanceJobs recently chatted with Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. NVTC is the region's technology trade organization and at the heart of cybersecurity growth in the nation's capital. Taylor described the role of NVTC, which is comprehensive. At it's heart, NVTC is a hub and "regional tech council that brings together all the players in our vibrant tech system," Taylor explained.
Veterans Share Military Stories and Tips on Reaching Cleared Talent
November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. As we close out this important celebration, the Security Clearance Careers Podcast hosts Mike Noll and Brett Moeller, both ClearanceJobs employees and military veterans, to talk about their service and share tips on how employers can better their brand in terms of reaching veteran talent, how recruiters can reach the elusive secret squirrel since they have a ton of experience with partners in the defense contracting space, and how really anyone listening might be able to better position themselves throughout the cleared hiring process, from any vantage point.
Enjoy the Perks of Supporting the DoD Without Going into the SCIF
The pandemic shifted DoD billable personnel’s thoughts on working in a SCIF five or six days out of the week. Experiencing a taste of the work from home lifestyle helped to change their perspective on what work / life balance means. Whether burnt out from putting their phones in a cubby while entering a government building or feeling closer their families as you they spent less time commuting and more time getting kids off the school bus, going into the SCIF full-time is no longer attractive to most cleared candidates.But there are ways to support the national security field without going into a SCIF.The Security Clearance Careers Podcast hosted Marisol Maloney, a US Navy veteran with an eclectic background. She’s a former enlisted Sailor, turned Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) Navy Nurse Corps officer, who later became an all-source intelligence officer while dabbling in project management, lean six projects, and strategic speech writing for 3 and 4-star flag officers. After working as a contractor, she turned to recruit secret squirrels which provided for more flexibility working outside a SCIF. She’s an expert at online branding, so tune in to our discussion about how she was able to master the military transition, pivot her career to working outside the SCIF, and how cleared recruiters can master reaching veteran talent.
Security Clearance Sex Talk
The common belief now is frequently that sexual norms have changed so much - how could anything be considered off limits or deemed a risk as a part of the security clearance process? But sexual behavior remains an adjudicative guideline, and while it's rarely used alone for a security clearance denial or revocation, it can play a role. Security clearance attorney Sean Bigley and Lindy Kyzer discuss how sexual issues can come up in the security clearance process, from OnlyFans and online sexual activity to swinging and sex clubs.
The Future of National Security at Boeing Intelligence and Analytics
ClearanceJobs sat down with Roxanne Wood, CEO of Boeing Intelligence and Analytics, to learn more about Boeing’s role in national security and how they’re preparing to take on the security world.
False Claims Act Violations Cost Government Contractors Billions
The False Claims Act, also called the “Lincoln Law” enables the government to impose liability on those who overcharge the government or make false claims about their products. It is the government’s biggest stick in combatting fraud and recently made headlines due to a high profile case, Markus vs. Aerojet RocketDyne, was recently settled with a $9 million payment after allegations of cybersecurity violations. The case may be significant, but the number is just one among many cases involving the False Claims Act and the government’s role in ensuring the thousands of entities it does business with are indeed acting fairly.“I think in 2021 there was $5.6 billion dollar recovered by DOJ or by whistleblowers who are acting in the government’s name,” noted Metzger. “Five billion of that, or about 89%, was against the healthcare industry. The Department of Justice is going to use the tools available to it to improve the conduct of companies and to bring actions…and recover damages from companies who fail to fulfill their cyber obligations.”Learn more in this interview with Leslie Weinstein, cybersecurity consultant and U.S. Army major, and Robert Metzger, attorney. Topics include CMMC, whistleblower protections, and other hot cyber legal topics.
Security Careers Are Exploding
One of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door to a national security career (and a clearance for that matter) is by becoming a field investigator. But your security career certainly doesn’t end there, and the fact of the matter is, whether physical or information, security careers are exploding in our sector.Mike Runyan assumed the role of Director of Risk Management in 2020 with nearly twenty years of experience within the Securitas family of companies. He joins the podcast to dish on everything related to security cleared careers.Beginning his career with Pinkerton, Mike served in several roles including an assignment abroad in the Jakarta, Indonesia office and ultimately as Managing Director for the Washington, DC office before joining Paragon’s parent company, Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services (SCIS), in 2014. In his most recent role as the National Account Director for SCIS, Mike was responsible for managing operations countrywide for multiple large clients. This included coordinating the use of PRM solutions and expertise to enhance traditional physical security programs.