Resource-Central For The Security Clearance Process

This site is used by law firms representing individuals in appeals of security clearances as an online storage and reference portal for that practice. These law firms represent individuals before the Department of Defense (Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, CAF, DIA), the National Security Agency, the FBI, the State Department, Homeland Security and its components (ICE, TSA) NASA, the Energy Department, and the CIA. While this site certainly doesn't contain all of our tools, it contains substantial useful public information for professionals practicing in this field.

If you are an American citizen doing work with the federal government involving defense or national security you probably need a security clearance and you probably found this site while looking for useful information concerning your clearance situation. What's here is public and you are welcome to peruse it and make use of it as you need.

Our plan is to post what we hope will prove to be useful articles for the benefit of those who are looking for counsel. We're just getting started now and haven't gotten there yet. But we can offer this much in the way of general thoughts.

  • If an agency proposes to suspend or deny access, you are entitled to minimal due process. If you are not offered the opportunity to respond to the proposed action based on disclosed facts, what's happening to you probably is not suspension or denial, but something else. Knowledgeable counsel can help you work this through.
  • If you don't have a clearance and are being sponsored for one, and then you learn that an agency proposes to deny your application, you may not be entitled to any process unless the sponsoring entity continues to sponsor you. The corollary rule here is that you should not quit your day job if you are offered a job conditioned on your successfully getting through the clearance process because more likely than not your sponsor will drop its sponsorship and withdraw its offer as soon as it smells trouble.
  • The procedures material you may find here are not necessarily administered in accordance with your reading of the procedures. Accordingly, you should discuss your understandings of the process with experienced professionals who have seen how the world actually works in this area. Remember, the first rule of adjudication is that any doubt must be resolved so as to advance the national interest in maintaining a secure system.

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