The Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) Board adjudicates industrial security clearance cases for contractor personnel doing classified work for all DoD components.
The top reasons for security clearance denial in 2017 were financial issues, personal conduct, and foreign influence.
Financial awareness is important for everyone, but particularly those in the national security and military community. That means poor financial decisions may cause you to lose your job, and your career.
In a strange security clearance case twist, admitting to cheating was one mitigating factor in a successful security clearance appeal.
Criminal activity creates doubt about a person’s judgment, reliability and trustworthiness. Criminal behavior is an indicator of whether or not an applicant will follow laws, rules and regulations
The requirement to self-report still exists, but it’s now enhanced with continuous evaluation.
In comparison with other security clearance issues, there were but a few cases over a ten year period where mental health applied.
Drug involvement can raise questions about loyalty, reliability, and ability to protect classified information.
The government’s argument is that someone who escaped more severe consequences on a technicality isn’t automatically worthy of trust.
Regardless of what type of hearing you find yourself in, there is still the matter of whether evidence, even relevant evidence, is helpful and credible.
Scandalous behaviors in your past may cost you a clearance, along with poor choices made after you’ve already obtained one.
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