Security clearance issues are common place in the news these days. The news covers a lot of areas.
- Security Clearance Process in the News at the Highest Level
- Do you have to complete the SF 86 in its entirety to be given Security Clearance that allows access to classified material?
Recently, the back log in the clearance process has gotten even more attention. This report notes that there is a government backlog of approximately 700,000 security clearance reviews which has led agencies like the Defense Department to inadvertently issue interim passes to criminals – even rapists and killers – prompting calls for better and faster vetting of people with access to the nation’s secrets.
The article states that the back log, which is government-wide, is causing work delays for both federal and private intelligence efforts. It takes about four months to acquire a clearance to gain access to “secret” information on a need-to-know basis, and nine to 10 months for “top-secret” clearance.
Efforts to reduce the backlog coincide with pressure to tighten the reins on classified material. In recent years, intelligence agencies have suffered some of the worst leaks of classified information in U.S. history. Still, calls for a faster clearance process are getting louder.
It has been previously reported in USA Today that 4.2 million people in our country hold security clearances. Obviously, holding a clearance is necessary for many government and contractor jobs and all military service jobs. People who hold clearances need to do everything in their power to make sure their respective clearance does not fall into jeopardy. I have written previously about the various areas that can give the government concerns about someone who holds a security clearance from financial issues to drug and alcohol concerns to foreign influence and preference.
- Dealing with Financial Issues and Security Clearance
- Security Clearance Concerns – Financial Considerations
- Security Clearance Concerns – Alcohol Consumption and Drug Involvement
- Can You Lose Security Clearance Trying to Get Help for Alcohol or Drug Addiction?
- Security Clearance and Past Illegal Drug Usage – What Can You Do?
- Security Clearance Concerns Regarding Foreign Influence and Preference
Because I deal with these issues so often, I decided to write a book about this entire area of Security Clearances and how they can affect government and private contract employees who need access to classified material for their respective jobs. I anticipate that my book, “Security Clearance Issues, Problems, Denials and Revocations,” will be published by December, 2017 and it will be available at Amazon.
If you need assistance with any aspect of a security clearance concern from answering specific questions of concern on a SF 86 form or if you are facing a DOHA hearing to revoke your clearance, please feel free to contact me to see if I can be of assistance to you.
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.