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Byron Andrews


Role and Company

Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, Department of Homeland Security


30 years experience in law enforcement & security


Houston, TX

About Byron

I've worked in the federal government since the early 1990s, starting as a GS-7. I moved several times for promotions that I was competitively selected for, ending up as a GS14 in an intelligence position I've held for 17 years now. I work closely with special agents from several agencies and know the federal law enforcement and intelligence scene pretty well. I have a BA in Political Science that I completed after a short stint in the Army (mid-80s), mostly in Germany, as a Pershing II nuclear missile crewman. I'm looking forward to fishing and restoring vintage motorcycles when I retire in a year or so.

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Articles by Byron

one year ago

Pros & Cons of a Federal Government Career

I'm writing this towards the end of my career in the federal government in order to provide my personal observations...

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Byron's Recent Answers

6 months ago

Does having a TS/SCI Clearance boost your chances of being hired?

Jason and Daniel’s input is spot-on; the clearance is the icing on the cake. But you gotta have the...

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10 months ago

Is it too late for a transitioning Army officer with 37 years of experience to find meaningful work in the private sector?

Hi Jim- I have to differ with a few of the other comments, despite them being from apparently successful/knowledgeable...

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one year ago

I recently retired as an USAF Reservist and left my DoD Contractor position last year, and recently found that my clearances are no longer valid. I know I am good with my SECRET until 2021 and when I left my contract position my TS/SCI was about to be adjudicated. Does anyone know a point of contact in the government to fix my clearance? I got no help from my former employer and my past Security Managers are limited to what they see in JPAS. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated as it is hindering my search for a new position.

I think there is nothing you can do to retain your security clearance without a job that requires that clearance. ...

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one year ago

How did you make a career change and what recommendations do you have for someone looking to make a career change?

Its pretty much all been said above, but I would summarize and amplify two key things: 1-Healthcare is a much...

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one year ago

Emergency Mangament

Hi Jason- Just wanted to mention that I took a series of free online FEMA management courses that resulted in...

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