You’ve been told that there was some unfavorable information discovered during your security clearance investigation/re-investigation and your clearance has been revoked or initially denied; now what? First, stay calm, over 98% of security clearances that are applied for are ultimately granted. Additionally, the attorneys at Crisp and Associates can do several things to help you to try to fix this situation and better your chances of getting a favorable clearance determination.
Your security clearance has been denied or revoked…now what?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a government contractor with an active Top Secret (TS/SCI), Secret, or confidential clearance or just a person seeking employment in a position that requires you to view classified information, its hard to deny the value, monetary and otherwise, in gaining and/or maintaining your security clearance. That being said, the majority of individuals that fail to obtain a clearance cease to take any further action after the initial Statement of Reasons (SOR) is received. It’s not hard to see that taking control of the situation and challenging the unfavorable information or unfavorable determination is your best way to ultimately get or keep your security clearance.
What action can you take after your security clearance has been denied or revoked?
All clearances, regardless of the level, follow the same adjudicative guidelines. Suitability determinations are made based on the level of access needed considered in conjunction with the “whole person” perspective. Stated another way, one need not have a “blemish free” past to obtain a security clearance. Unfavorable information can be, and usually is, mitigated based on a variety of factors. What does that mean to you? Well, frankly it means that what you’ve done since the “unfavorable event” has occurred or how you dealt with whatever it was that created the unfavorable information is often more important than the information itself. If you can provide some proof that shows you acted responsibly since the event or acted responsibly considering the circumstances; i.e. went to counseling, paid off (or made payment arrangements to pay off) the debt, etc…then you can likely mitigate the unfavorable information enough that granting the clearance is not against national security interests.
So, if your security clearance is important to you then you owe it to yourself to obtain informed and competent legal representation like the experienced attorneys of Crisp and Associates.