Financial Concerns and Personal Conduct
GUIDELINE F: FINANCIAL CONCERNS
GUIDELING E: PERSONAL CONDUCT
On 1-3-17 The Edmunds Law Firm received written notification of a favorable decision in a National Security Clearance case that went to a Formal Hearing. The case was aggressively litigated by Attorney Alan Edmunds who presented numerous documentary evidence and testimony.
The first concern was financial. Our client had 7 debts that were delinquent or unpaid. The defense to many of the items raised by Attorney Edmunds was that the debts were disputed.
Of the allegation involving Personal Conduct, the Judge stated in his decision:
“The personal conduct concerns were determined to be unsubstantiated.”
Of the Guideline F allegations Financial Concerns, the Judge stated in his decision,
“I conclude that Applicant presented sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate,or mitigate the acts admitted by Applicant or proven by Dept Counsel.”
The Judge went on to say:
“The concerns over Applicants history of financial problems do not create doubt about his current reliability, trustworthiness, good judgment, and ability to protect classified information.”
Do you have concerns about your Clearance ? Is your job at risk? Hire the most incredible attorney in the country to stand with you and fight for your Clearance and job. Attorney Alan Edmunds is a phone call away – 800-481-2526.
Clearance Granted Before Trial
December 15, 2016
Government Withdrawal of SOR
Foreign Influence – Citizen of Iraq
The initial objection posed by the government was that our client had relatives in Iraq, including a mother, sister, and brother. The conclusion was that these ties created a security concern. Attorney Alan Edmunds prepared and filed a thorough Response to SOR, which included exhibits and a legal brief.
In response to the written SOR Response, the government has withdrawn its objections and granted our client’s security clearance. This is the fourth time this month that the government has chosen not to go to trail again The Edmunds Law Firm.
In the last four years, Alan Edmunds has appeared over 580 times in court. When considering an attorney to represent your security clearance interests, it is important to verify claimed experience. A simple way to do so is to go to the DOHA website and type in the attorney’s name. Attorney Edmunds is known as the DOHA Lawyer and can prove his claims of experience and success.
Security Clearance Granted After Written Response
December 14, 2016
Guideline B – Foreign Influence & Guideline F – Financial Concerns
Prior to a formal hearing, the government withdrew their opposition to our client’s application for a security clearance. The initial concerns related to the fact that the client’s father, mother, sisters, and uncle were all residents of Morocco, and that both the father and uncle worked in the finance department of the Moroccan government.
Additionally, the government’s concerns included Guideline F (financial concerns), due to a home that went delinquent while our client was deployed in Iraq.
In response to each concern, Attorney Alan Edmunds and his legal staff prepared a Written Response, including numerous exhibits and a legal brief that successfully argued mitigating factors. Although the government did not initial agree with the Response, it later reconsidered and canceled the hearing.
Our client was about to continue to provide for his family and another client’s career and job was secured this holiday season.
To our friends in the Federal Government and clients – Merry Christmas!
Christmas Security Clearance Victory
December 5, 2016
Guideline F – Financial Consideration
This case was very special to Attorney Alan Edmunds who took it to trial in Norfolk, VA – back in Sept 2016. Our client was a woman who battled the most tremendous calamities imaginable and kept her family and marriage together. Throughout this entire time her work performance was outstanding.
The applicant and her husband filed two Chapter 13 Bankruptcy’s for $319 K and $294 K. The first was paid off and the second was nearly paid off at the time of trial. The couple had experienced periods of unemployment, near death medical emergency, coma, reduced income, and over nine hospitalizations, which Attorney Alan Edmunds proved with documents and testimony.
Fighting family medical problems of heart failure, blood pressure, depression, and diabetes, the applicant kept it together! Attorney Alan Edmunds introduced 100’s of pages of evidence and took testimony from four witnesses plus the applicant herself. Through all of this, the government’s concerns were mitigated and our client was able to keep her job and her clearance.
Attorney Alan Edmunds is often referred to as “The DOHA Attorney” or “The DOHA Lawyer“, because he works on more DOHA cases on a national basis than almost all other attorneys. In fact the official DOHA site shows how many cases he has tried and won.
Enjoy the season and happy holidays!
Successful Withdrawal of SOR
Government Withdrawal of SOR
The Edmunds Law Firm received written notice from the government that a denial of a security clearance was being withdrawn and our client would receive his clearance. This is the second time in November of 2016 that the government has withdrawn their opposition to a security clearance application upon learning that Alan Edmunds was the attorney representing the applicant.
If you retain an attorney who has a reputation for winning, then it is possible that the government will grant your clearance without a Hearing. Attorney Alan Edmunds is this country’s leading national security clearance attorney, and his success and experience can be verified by visiting the official government websites. If you have an attorney who is claiming to be an “expert”, it is important to check the DOHA website and ensure that their actual results support their claims of success. Ask you attorney for proof of experience and success! At the Edmunds Law Firm, we aren’t worried about such questions from clients, because we know that the legal services we offer have been tested and are genuine.
With offices from coast to coast, the Edmunds Law Firm assist both active duty military and civilian contractors, as well as, Federal Government employees. We’re in the business of saving careers so our clients can continue to support their families and pay their bills.
Favorable Decision in DOHA Appeals Case
November 4, 2016
Guideline F – Financial Considerations
This country’s leading national security clearance lawyer has done it again! On Nov 4 2016 – Attorney Alan Edmunds received another favorable decision from a hugely contested security clearance case. The client was appealing a revocation of his security clearance due to financial considerations – he had allegations of 21 past due debts!
Alan Edmunds really enjoys these types of difficult cases. Often other attorneys, especially in California, refer difficult cases to Mr. Edmunds. If a person checks out Attorney Edmunds under his name on the DOHA web site – his record of success and experience is exceptional. Alan loves to say, “don’t take my word for it, check me out on the government’s website and see if you can find a lawyer with better results. So many lawyers say they have experience, or they are ‘experts’ or they are ‘top attorneys in this area of law’ – but the government’s website does not support their claims.”
In this case Mr. Edmunds, “The DOHA LAWYER”, put on extensive testimony and introduced a whole plethora of evidence to show mitigation. Another career saved!
CLEARANCE GRANTED FROM WRITEN RESPONSE
NOV. 1, 2016
GUIDELINE F – FINANCIAL CONCERNS
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
The best outcome a client can receive during the security clearance process is to receive a favorable decision from the government with simply a written appeal. As the leading firm in national security clearance matters, The Edmunds Law Firm recently did just that and won a favorable decision with just a written Response to SOR.
In this specific case, our client had 35k in credit card debt and late mortgage payments. Using exhibits and a written legal brief in the written Response, we were able to effectively show strong mitigation. The government recently replied with the following:
“Dear Mr. Edmunds, the purpose of this email is to advise that based
on Applicant’s SOR response, submitted by your office, the Gov’t has
withdrawn the SOR in the Charleston, SC area….and the clearance
will be granted at the level requested.”
Without having to attend a Formal Hearing, our client was delighted to have her job and career restored!
Favorable Descision in Department of Energy Hearing
September 14, 2016
Guideline J – Alcohol Consumption
A Summary of Security Concerns was issued to an employee of the Department of Energy (DOE) by the DOE for Alcohol-related issues. It was alleged that the Applicant was diagnosed with using alcohol habitually to excess which raised serious trust and judgment concerns for the Government. Applicant requested a hearing, and the case was heard in front of a DOE Administrative Judge, with Mr. Nerney representing this employee. Mr. Nerney presented numerous mitigating conditions that were in support of Applicant’s case. Furthermore, this hearing involved an expert witness called on behalf of the Government and Mr. Nerney was able to successfully cross-examine the Government’s expert witness to develop a favorable view of the Applicant’s alcohol consumption.
With Mr. Nerney’s experience, and the support of the staff at the Edmunds Law Firm, this case was decided in Applicant’s favor on all allegations. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated, and the employee was able to continue with his career working for the Department of Energy with a valid security clearance.
UPGRADE A DISCHARGE AND SAVE A CAREER
Upgrading a Military Discharge
Attorney Edmunds one of this country’s Best Military Discharge Lawyers, represented a man who had been discharged with an OTH for Orders Violations. The member however was a member of the LGBT community and had informed the Command of his life choices.
Alan Edmunds appeared before the Board and offered both testimony form the Applicant and documents. Our client was a college educated man who spoke 5 languages and was a computer genius. The members of the Board were impressed by his academic record as well as his abilities in computer science.
The Board upgraded the discharge to Honorable. If you have questions about Upgrading a Military Discharge call Alan Edmunds at 800 481 2526. Don’t let your career suffer for mistakes that happened years before.
June 21, 2016
Guidelines D, E, and J; (Sexual Behavior), (Personal Conduct), (Criminal Conduct)
A Statement of Reasons was issued to a Government Contractor by the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DODCAF) for Sexual Behavior, Personal Conduct, and Criminal Conduct issues. Applicant was charged and found guilty in a Superior Court for Solicitation of Prostitution which raised serious trust concerns for the Government. Applicant requested a hearing, and the case was heard in front of a DOHA Administrative Judge, with Mr. Edmunds representing this Contractor. Mr. Edmunds presented numerous mitigating documents that were in support of Applicant’s case. With the experience and knowledge of Mr. Edmunds, and the support of his staff, this case was in Applicant’s favor on all allegations. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated, and the Government Contractor’s security clearance was granted. Most importantly, Applicant was able to continue with his career working for the Government.
June 20, 2016
Guideline F (Financial Considerations)
A Statement of Reasons was issued to a Senior Government Contractor by the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DODCAF) for Financial Considerations. The Contractor had occurred over $75,000 in debt that was either charged off, or in collections. Applicant requested a hearing, and the case was heard in front of a DOHA Administrative Judge, with Mr. Edmunds representing this Contractor. Numerous mitigating documents were submitted at the hearing. With the experience and knowledge of Mr. Edmunds, and the support of his staff, this case was in Applicant’s favor on all allegations. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated, and the Government Contractor’s security clearance was granted. Most importantly, Applicant was able to continue with her career working for the Government.
June 20, 2016
Guideline B (Foreign Influence)
A Statement of Reasons for Foreign Influence was issued by the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DODCAF) to a Linguist working as a Government Contractor. The Contractor had allegations of financial and personnel interests in the country of India. Applicant requested a hearing, and the case was heard in front of a DOHA Administrative Judge, with Mr. Edmunds representing this Contractor. Having done this for over 40 years, Mr. Edmunds and his staff knew exactly what documents were needed to mitigate the Government’s concerns. Once the hearing concluded, there was no doubt that Applicant’s loyalty was with the United States. The Judge made the decision that it was in the best interest for Applicant to maintain his security clearance. Applicant was able to continue with his career as a Linguist working for the Government.
Written Response to SOR
May 19, 2016
Guideline B – Foreign Influence
The Edmunds Law Firm received a favorable decision on a national security clearance case involving Guideline B – Foreign Influence! This victory for our client was achieved through a written Response to the SOR! Attorney Ryan C. Nerney wrote the Response to the SOR that alleged our client was not trustworthy because he had family contacts in Afghanistan! Attorney Nerney was able to present strong mitigation through various arguments to reduce the government’s concerns.
Attorney Nerney filed evidence and statements that mitigated the concerns in the SOR and the clearance was granted without the time and expense of a formal Hearing.
April 21, 2016
Guidelines B (Foreign Influence) and Guideline C (Foreign Preference)
Durham, North Carolina
A Statement of Reasons was issued to a Government Contractor by the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DODCAF) for Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference. This Government Contractor requested a Hearing in front of an Administrative Judge, and the case was heard in December 2015. Mr. Alan Edmunds represented this client, and provided evidence and testimony to the Judge at the hearing. With the experience and knowledge of Mr. Edmunds, and the support of his staff, this case was in favor of the client. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated. This Government Contractor’s security clearance was granted and most importantly, was able to continue with his career working for the Government.
April 8, 2016
Guidelines E and K.
Caldwell, New Jersey
A Government Contractor received a Statement of Reasons for Personal Conduct and Handling Protected Information. The case was assigned to an Administrative Judge for a hearing. Mr. Edmunds represented this client, and provided evidence and testimony to the Judge at the hearing. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated. This Government Contractor was able to maintain his security clearance and continue with his job.
March 22, 2016
Guideline F: Financial Considerations
The Edmunds Law Firm received a favorable decision following a formal Hearing. The case included allegations against the Applicant for failure to file Federal and Washington, D. C. taxes for several years. The returns were not filed at the time that the SOR was issued.
Attorney Alan Edmunds presented the case to the court on behalf of the Firm. He introduced evidence and called witnesses to establish mitigation. Our client was 38 years old and the mother of 2 children. The case was litigated and Attorney Edmunds showed extenuating circumstances than mitigated the gov’t allegations. The clients clearance will proceed and she will keep her job. Another career save for The Edmunds Law Firm. Alan Edmunds helps clients both active duty and civilian around the globe.
February 17, 2016
Guideline F – Financial Considerations
A Federal Employee received a Statement of Reasons for Financial Considerations. (Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in 2012 (totaling $137,000.00 of debt) and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2002.)
The employee submitted a response to the Governments allegations, and the response did not mitigate the Government’s concerns. The case was assigned to an Administrative Judge for a hearing. Mr. Edmunds was hired, and provided evidence and testimony to the Judge at the hearing. Asa result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated. Again, the knowledge and experience in handling hearing cases is something Mr. Edmunds has been doing for almost forty (40) years. The Federal Employee was able to maintain her security clearance and continue with her career.
DODCAF – Response to Statement of Reasons
GUIDELINES E and F (Personal Conduct & Financial Considerations)
February 10, 2016
A Contractor working as an Auditor for the U.S. Government received a Statement of Reasons for Financial issues and Personal Conduct issues. The Statement of Reasons had over 15 allegations of Financial debt and Personal Conduct issues. The Financial debt total was over $40,000.00. The Personal Conduct issue was failure to address debt in the SF-86. Mr. Edmunds and his National Security Paralegal Mr. Dennis Smith prepared a professionally written response to the Governments allegations. As a result of this written response, the Contractor received a favorable Security Clearance Determination. The knowledge and experience of Mr. Edmunds and his staff were crucial in providing the mitigating documents that were necessary to win this case. The most satisfying result was the fact the Contractor was able to keep her security clearance, which saved her career.
SECURITY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOLLOWING RESPONSE TO FORMS
GUIDELINE F : FINANCIAL CONCERNS
February 10, 2016
The Edmunds Law Firm received notice of another Security Clearance favorable decision following a response to the Government’s File of Relevant Material. Mr. Nerney drafted the response and presented substantial evidence to mitigate the Government’s concerns. This case involved a client who had failed to file his State and Federal Taxes for a period of three (3) years. There were strong circumstances that Attorney Nerney used to show mitigation. His presentation of evidence and argument successfully mitigated the Government allegations of trustworthiness related to financial conduct and a favorable decision was rendered.”