More Federal Employees are Required to Have Security Clearance
The federal government requires an increasingly large number of its employees to obtain various levels of security clearance to get or keep their jobs. Many employees who work for government contractors are also expected to obtain clearance as well.
Holding a security clearance is a privilege and a sign of trust. It demonstrates you are willing and able to safeguard sensitive information. Many federal employees, members of the military, government contractors, and certain private sector employees are required to hold security clearances because their jobs require them to access to classified documents or secure facilities.
People who apply for a security clearance undergo investigations that can become very detailed and difficult, particularly for high-level clearance. Investigations look into personal details like financial history and personal information that may speak the applicant’s character.
They also look for potential problems with granting a clearance, such as if it might be used to gain unlawful access to information or properties. These situations have happened and are serious threats to the Nation’s security.
Security Clearance Applications, Suspensions, and Revocation
While the security clearance application process is very thorough, there should be no assumption that it will remain throughout a person’s career.
It can be suspended or even revoked as a consequence of something as minor as a traffic violation or even unproven allegations about personal problems. Financial mishaps ranging from late bill payments to mortgage foreclosure or bankruptcy can suspend or revoke a clearance as well.
Contractors, temporary workers, and career federal employees stand to lose a great deal if they lose their security clearance or fail to obtain one. They can be dismissed from their jobs or be denied promotion, leaving them stuck in lower-level positions.
A Security Clearance Attorney Helps Employees in Sensitive Positions
As an Arizona security clearance attorney, I am well-qualified to help employees obtain clearance and protect this asset.
Applying for a security clearance includes an extensive and thorough background investigation. Anything from overseas travel to credit card debt can be taken into consideration.
I understand the process the federal government uses to screen security applicants and can help you prepare the initial application or re-application and the investigation. I’ll review financial and criminal background reports, point out discrepancies that should be corrected, and help with identifying good references.
I also represent clients who are fighting suspensions and revocations and need help to prepare for their hearings. I research their personal and financial history, address the reasons for rejection, and prepare evidence to support the argument that the employee remains trustworthy and loyal.
Remember, a security clearance may be taken away at any time. It’s important to at least consult with a qualified attorney in security clearance before finalizing and submitting an application. Consultation and representation can also make the difference at a revocation hearing, where evidence and arguments must be handled with great care and skill.
If you are applying or reapplying for a security clearance, or are facing a possible suspension, contact my office for a consultation.