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Suitability and Fitness Determinations: How they Differ from Security Clearance Actions

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Potential clients end up calling our offices all the time and the story similar, “I’ve been denied a security clearance and I need help!” When it comes time for the appointment and the individual shares their documentation, it is apparent that they have not been denied a security clearance, they have been denied or… Read More »

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How Poor Financial Decisions Can Affect Your Ability to Obtain a Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Financial problems can seriously affect your ability to obtain or retain a government security clearance. Under the guidelines used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), an applicant’s “[f]ailure or inability to live within one’s means, satisfy debts, and meet financial obligations” may be cited as evidence they cannot be trusted with classified information…. Read More »

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Responding to Interrogatories from Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) or Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF)

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Have you received Interrogatories from the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) or the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA)? If so, you are probably feeling like all other individuals who have received them in the past, and as those will feel in the future – nervous, anxious, scared, and confused…. Read More »

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Can I Get and Extension of Time to Respond to the Statement of Reasons (SOR)?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Have you received a Statement of Reasons (SOR) from the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) or other Government Entity revoking or denying you a security clearance? If so, you are probably feeling like all other individuals who have received them in the past, and as those will feel in the future… Read More »

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Can Hearsay Evidence Count Against Me in a Security Clearance Appeal?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When the Department of Defense denies your application for a security clearance, you do have the right to appeal and ask for a hearing. Such hearings are administrative in nature, however, rather than criminal. This means that certain types of evidence that are not admissible in a normal court may still be considered by… Read More »

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Failing to Pay Your Taxes on Time Can Cost You Your Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Many Americans find themselves in a financial pinch where they cannot pay their taxes on-time. If you work in a normal job, this may not be a big deal; you simply pay the additional penalties and interest and go on with your life. But if you work in a position that requires a federal… Read More »

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How Your Sexual History Can Affect Your Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When the Department of Defense reviews an application for a security clearance in Maryland, it does not just examine the applicant’s professional history. The government also looks deep into the applicant’s personal history, including his or her “sexual behavior.” This includes sexual behavior where a criminal offense occurs, such as prostitution, but it also… Read More »

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Does a Negative Job Reference on a Security Clearance Application Constitute “Defamation”?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Obtaining a security clearance is often a stressful process. Even the slightest blemish on your record, or question about your character, may raise suspicions and ultimately lead to the denial (or revocation) of a clearance. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that you maintain a good work history and employment record. Maryland… Read More »

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Can Unresolved Financial Issues from My Divorce Impact My Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Delinquent debts are frequently cited as a reason by government agencies to deny or revoke a security clearance. The source of the debt is less important than identifying what positive steps the security clearance applicant took to “mitigate” any security concerns raised by his or her financial problems. This means that if your job… Read More »

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Could My Social Drinking Affect My Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

There are many personal vices or habits that can make it more difficult to obtain a security clearance. For example, under Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines, a person’s “excessive alcohol consumption” may be cited as grounds to deny a security clearance, as such drinking “often leads to the exercise of questionable judgment or the… Read More »

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