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- We help government employees or military members during the appeals process before the DSS, DOHA, or respective government agencies handling the clearance.
- We provide immediate legal counsel despite short deadlines.
What are Reasons for Refusing or Denying National Security Clearance?
- There are financial issues ( credit problems or others)
- Substance or alcohol addictions,
- Criminal charges, indictments,
- Sexual misconduct,
- Mental health concerns
- Findings of foreign influence,
- Evidence of inappropriate use of technology,
- Not being honest in the security clearance application
- Conflicts of interest, and
- Various other reasons
Are non-U.S. citizens eligible?
No. However, under very rare circumstances, a non-U.S. citizen may be issued a Limited Access Authorization for access to classified information. Specific criteria and limitations are provided in the NISPOM. You may also contact your IS Rep for additional information.
Do contractors have the authority to grant, deny, or revoke personnel clearances for their employees?
No. This authority is reserved by the Federal Government.
Who is eligible to request a security clearance?
A person cannot independently submit an application for a personnel security clearance. Instead, the business decides whether a worker needs access to classified information to perform duties or provide services associated with the completion of a classified contract. The person may go through the application process after the organization has made this decision. Depending on the responsibilities of each function, the corporation decides which positions need security clearances and at what degree. The needs and requirements of the contract form the basis for this decision.
What kind of Investigation is done to get the clearance?
The sort of inquiry that is done relies on the level of access that the person has to have in order to carry out their official tasks. A National Agency Check with Local Agency Checks and Credit Check (NACLC) is done for access to CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET material. A Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is necessary to gain access to TOP SECRET or Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) material.
Did You Get Your Security Clearance Denied or Rejected?
Your security clearance application for a security clearance can easily take up to six months to be approved. You will then receive a “Statement of Reasons,” or SOR, if the request is denied. If you are a federal employee and disagree with the rejection or denial, your security clearance attorney may request the files and may uncover serious mistakes or reasons to appeal the denial.
Your security clearance appeal lawyer can help you to provide a written response to the SOR’s listed disqualifying factors. You have a short deadline,
Appealing Security Clearance Denials or Rejections
- Responding to the government’s interrogatories;
- Responding to a Statement of Reason (SOR) or Letter of Intent (LOI);
- Legal help and attendance at the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) and other security clearance hearings; and
- Appeals to the DOHA Appeals Board or other federal agencies.