Many Security Clearance Guidelines judge a person’s character, and therefore their ability to gain clearance or not, using traits that people weigh in day-to-day situations. This next guideline in our multipart blog series discusses a guideline that goes a little outside the norm — Security Guideline F: Financial Considerations — as it judges a person’s character on how much money they have in their savings accounts.
Financial Responsibility is Seen as Moral Responsibility
The United States government needs to be absolutely thorough when handing out security clearance approvals, and so it uses any lens available to study and judge an applicant. Guideline F states that a person who is struggling financially may be inclined to partake in illegal or treasonous activities to gain additional income. Essentially, this is the federal government’s official way of saying the poor are more likely to steal since they are more likely to need what is stolen. The logic is arguably flawed but it is being used in Guideline F all the same, so if you want to succeed, you need to consider it.
Guideline F can be grounds for security clearance disqualification if you:
- You have a history of missing financial deadlines or obligations.
- You have been investigated, charged, or convicted of a money-related crime, such as tax evasion or embezzlement.
- You do not possess the financial capability of fulfilling current and expected debts.
- You are known to have a gambling, drug abuse, or drinking problem.
- Money leaves or enters your accounts without explanation.
Controlling Your Finances, Securing Clearance
As mentioned, judging a person’s character based on their pocketbook is not ideal and not likely to be accurate, and the government knows as much. If you can create a convincing argument as to why, Security Clearance Guideline F should not pertain to your situation, its restrictions could be set aside entirely during your clearance review.
Proving any of the following conditions can help your chances:
- Your behavior considered for denial occurred many years ago.
- Your unacceptable financial behavior was a one-time incident.
- You could not readily prevent the unfavorable financial situation, such as due to an unexpected job loss, economic downturn that harmed your business, medical emergency, etc.
- You are undergoing financial responsibility counseling, or have hired an accountant or financial planner, and there is reason to believe that the unfavorable behavior is being changed.
- You have put good faith towards repaying debts, despite failing to do so.
- Unexplained financial shifts are linked to legal sources.
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