Over the past two years or so, I have noticed a marked increase in the government’s review and concern regarding individuals and their respective security clearances. I have seen tangible proof that security clearances are being denied and/or revoked at an increasing rate from years past. Of course, there are reasons behind this increase, especially every time an alarming tragedy or disconcerting incidents happens in our country where a security clearance is involved.
I have written previously about security clearances and pretty much every conceivable issue regarding clearances.
- Government Security Clearance Forms
- Can You Lose Security Clearance for Seeking Addiction Help
- Security Clearance and Bankruptcy
- Security Clearance Concerns: Financial Troubles
- Security Clearance Concerns: Drug Use
In disturbing news, it was recently reported that a NSA contractor was arrested in an alleged theft of secret and ‘highly classified’ documents. The FBI is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes, the New York Times reports. In light of the Edward Snowden history, anytime something like this happens, it will heighten and increase focus on everyone who holds a security clearance. You can find the articles and information here and here.
In light of these allegations, I expect further talk about reform and the tightening of security clearance investigations and more scrutiny of security clearance applicants in the future.
Don’t Wait. Speak to an Attorney
I always advise security clearance applicants and people undergoing a review of their security clearance to reach out ahead of time if they are in any way concerned about any aspect or potential issue of concern in their background. It is my experience, when people wait too long, they may lose important advantages as far as being out ahead of any problematic situation. This goes for the initial submission of the SF 86/e-QIP and answering potentially troubling questions, to include responding to interrogatories about concerns the government may have. In addition, security clearance applicants with concerns should make sure they know their rights with regard to a personal interview by an investigator and/or any polygraph examination scheduled by the government. I have been handling security clearance cases for many years. Please feel free to contact me or by phone at 256-713-0221 if you have any security clearance issues, concerns or questions.
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.