Attorney Ron SykstusWhenever stories or reports are published regarding security clearance lapses, there is usually a move by the Pentagon or Congress to redouble the efforts for investigations and to tighten the scrutiny with regard to security clearances.  This has happened in the past after the Naval Yard shooting.

The CBS show 60 Minutes recently aired a detailed report on security clearance lapses regarding a number of individuals including Edward Snowden and PFC Bradley Manning.

The figures that really stand out from the 60 Minutes report are as follows: “OPM sends the results of its investigations to the various federal agencies. And those agencies decide whether to grant the security clearance. Demand is enormous. More than four million Americans have clearances and OPM conducts 600,000 security clearance investigations a year. That comes to about 2,000 a day.”

I expect more and detailed scrutiny into all security clearances from Common Access (CAC) to Secret and Top Secret to begin soon.  In fact, it looks like the scrutiny is already beginning.

If you have concerns about any type of security clearance, please contact me directly by visiting my security clearance website:  I have been helping individuals with security clearance concerns, denials, and revocations for several years.  You can contact me here at or by phone at my direct phone number 256-713-0221.

These blog posts may provide some further guidance and assistance for you.

Ron Sykstus
Written by Ron Sykstus

Ron Sykstus is a Managing Partner of several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Ron has served in numerous positions throughout the U.S. Army and now utilizes his expertise in the areas of VA issues, security clearances, military law, and bankruptcy to assist his clients when they need it most. Read his full bio here.

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