Mark Costis

Mark Costis
Mark is the Editorial Director for Tesla Government. He has more than 20 years of experience editing and writing a wide range of documents, including government and commercial proposals, medical books and newsletters, articles, and fiction and non-fiction books. He has a wide range of experience working with DoD and the Intelligence Community. Additionally, he has two years of experience as Facility Security Officer, handling personnel security clearances for Tesla Government Inc. He earned a B.A. in English from George Mason University, and his research interests include politics, conflict areas, and international relations.
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One Clearance to Rule Them All

Posted by Mark Costis on September 12, 2017

Does the process of obtaining a security clearance feel as grueling and unending as Frodo Baggins's quest to destroy the One Ring of Power? Does the idea of "reciprocity" in the security realm seem like a dream from the best of all possible worlds? Do clear and definitive security regulations seem to be as accessible as stone tablets inscribed in dead languages hidden in forgotten ruins in Middle Earth?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're not alone. Before the OPM data breach, the average wait time for a clearance was 1-3 months for a Confidential or Secret and 4-8 months for a Top Secret. Since the breach, times have doubled on average, and as FSO at Tesla, I have seen individuals trapped in security limbo for three+ years without getting final eligibility. The slow pace of this process poses obvious challenges to individuals with a legitimate need to know who require access to classified and control marked information to do their jobs.

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