Unfortunately, a full field background investigation uncovers, through in-person interviews with references, what a largely automated prior background investigation will not.
Given that financial issues are the number one reason for security clearance denials and revocations, it’s no small wonder that one of the most frequent questions my office receives is how to resolve delinquent debt.
When your security clearance application asks about any illegal drug use in the past 7 years, that includes marijuana use which took place in states like Colorado, Washington, or California.
If you’ve had your security clearance suspended, you’re likely wondering if that means your chances of maintaining a security clearance or sunk, or if you can successfully appeal the decision.
A wise mentor of mine once advised, “There are two ways to guarantee you’ll lose your clearance: Fool around with money and morals.”
For most people, determining whether they have been fired (or quit after being told they would be fired) doesn’t require much mental energy.
The government will pull a merged credit report that includes information from each of the three major credit bureaus. That’s why it’s important to ensure they’re accurate.
The top reasons for security clearance denial in 2017 were financial issues, personal conduct, and foreign influence.
Committing a crime, smoking dope or avoiding your taxes are all fine ways to lose your adjudication appeal. And your parent’s nationality may be of interest and concern.
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