Challenging Negative Findings in Security Clearance

Security Clearance denial

Security Clearance Denial

A security clearance denial can be tough. The administration has told you told that they found unfavorable information during your security clearance investigation/re-investigation.  As a result,  your security clearance has been denied or revoked. Now what?  First, stay calm. Approximately 98% of security clearances are granted.  Additionally, our attorneys have several options to address this situation and better your chances of a favorable clearance decision.


Your security clearance has been denied or revoked; now what?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a government contractor with security clearance or someone seeking a position that involves classified information. It is hard to deny the value, monetary and otherwise, in gaining or maintaining your security clearance.  Many individuals who do not obtain a security clearance do not take further action after the Statement of Reasons (SOR) is received.  Taking control of the situation and challenging negative information or determination is the best way to get or keep your security clearance.  The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) handles clearance appeals.


What action can you take after your security clearance has been denied or revoked?

All clearances, regardless of the level, follow the same determination guidelines.  Suitability decisions are based on the level of access needed and the “whole person” perspective.  Stated another way, one need not have a “perfect” past to obtain a security clearance.  Unfavorable information can be and usually is, eased based on several factors.  What does that mean to you?  It means that what you’ve done since the event occurred or how you dealt with it is often more important than the information.  If you can provide proof that shows you acted responsibly since the event or acted responsibly considering the circumstances, then you can likely lessen the unfavorable information enough that granting the clearance is not against national security interests.


Your security clearance is essential to you, and you owe it to yourself to obtain legal representation like the experienced attorneys of Crisp and Associates.