Security Clearance Careers Podcast
Ageism in Security Clearance Adjudications
Lindy Kyzer and Sean Bigley discuss ageism in the security clearance process. This is a real issue for people, particularly for drug cases in the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), in that they should have known better. Is there gray hair discrimination in the Pentagon? Tune in to this episode to learn more.
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Former NCTC Director of Strategic Operational Planning Shares Lessons Learned26:58Vice Admiral (Ret.) Mike LeFever of the US Navy is the former Director of Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center. Mike heads up Concentric, one of the world's most influential privately held security firms and are co-authors of the best selling book End Game First: A Leadership Strategy for Navigating Crisis and Business. In the book, he details how the national security industry has changed rapidly over the past few decades, writing "...men with guns can’t protect you from a virus, an online threat, or crypto-driven cyber extortion." This former Director of Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center crashes the podcast to spill the tea on leadership, security, how high-profile companies can survive a cyber-attack, and shares epic tales from the humanitarian battlefield!
What If You Have Classified Info in Your SF-86?13:53If you work in national security and with classified information, you may come across the highly nuanced issue of dealing with how to address classified information that may seemingly need to be listed on the SF-86 - be it work locations, sources or foreign contacts, or other issues - how do you address that?
The Military to Civilian Transition: Career Optimism Outlooks21:43The military transition, though difficult in a number of ways for each person, proves to be an obstacle for service members shifting from one phase of their life to another.Eric Ryan, a US Air Force veteran, is the Sr. Director of Military Operations at the University of Phoenix – here he manages all functions of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, including engagement, outreach, operations, training, amongst other things for military-affiliated students and staff.He joins the Security Clearance Careers Podcast to highlight some recent studies they have conducted.
Security Clearance Transfer of Trust Remains a Problem20:17Security clearance reciprocity and transfer of trust remain key topics in the security clearance reform process. The security clearance process has been on and off the Government Accountability Office (GAO) high risk list for several years. The GAO high risk list flags programs ‘vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, or in need of transformation.’ Alissa H. Czyz, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, discusses a recently released GAO report on the transfer of personnel security clearances. The GAO identified issues with technology and also the - irony rich - issue of agencies lack of trust in the security clearance processes and eligibility of other personnel.
No One Likes a Micromanager20:56Micromanagement, while often well-intentioned, can have several negative consequences in the workplace. One major issue is decreased morale and motivation among employees. When workers feel like they are constantly being scrutinized and their every move is being controlled, it can lead to feelings of frustration, disempowerment, and lack of trust in their abilities. This can result in decreased productivity and creativity as employees may feel stifled and demotivated to perform at their best.No one likes to be micromanaged, but that is what happens in most organizations when leaders manage people instead of their promises, says management trainer Eric Papp. His new book, Manage Promises Not People: How to Create a Self-Managing Team, reveals the superpower every leader has, but most fail to use: honoring their word to build trust, drive success and increase their power.He joins the podcast to discuss the negative impacts this can have on your workforce.
Tax Considerations for Security Clearance Holders13:53Taxes are complicated. Whether it's intentional or unintentional, a number of cleared professionals and applicants find themselves falling into tax issues. Unfortunately, taxes can cause big problems, and may require a tax attorney, accountant, or some kind of professional financial assistance to help you ensure you're doing things correctly. Common issues come from unpaid taxes, tax issues from an estate, or small business or payroll tax issues for employees.
How to Increase Your Salary in GovTech26:15Symone B, who joined the podcast last year for Unlocking Success in GovTech: Insider Tips to Make Over $200,000 and Navigate the Cleared Job Search, discussed their story and how they were able to climb up the ladder in this industry from a really young age.For this episode, we dive in a little bit more into the national security tech industry and talk about many of the hottest GovTech (Government Technology) jobs that pay really well.
Outside the Box Security Clearance Defenses12:46The path to a security clearance isn't always straightforward - and sometimes it winds its way through a graveyard or two. Lindy Kyzer and Sean Bigley discuss some of the more unexpected security clearance defenses that have been used over the years. Including the time an applicant argued he was so in love with this country - he'd already bought his burial plot.
What Fields Do Candidates Prefer in National Security?19:09ClearanceJobs is the largest cleared career marketplace or networking platform for job seekers with an active security clearance and recruiters looking to hire cleared talent. In this episode of the Security Clearance Careers Podcast, the content team drills down on the top ten preferred fields or niches within the national security sector.IntelligenceMilitary and Law EnforcementIT - SecurityManagementAerospace and AviationIT - SupportLogisticsSecurityIT - SoftwareBusiness - Support