At The Edmunds Law Firm, we have assisted clients in matters related to security clearance for over 40 years. Our security clearance lawyers are skilled in all aspects of the security clearance process, including hearings before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). The DOHA is the largest part of the Defense Legal Services Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
The first step in applying for a national security position is to be conditionally hired by the national security employer wishing to hire you. You cannot apply for a security clearance yourself. You must be sponsored by your potential employer. Once your application (Standard Form 86 or SF-86) is completed and submitted and the extensive investigative examination of your background is finished, you will be approved or denied a security clearance.
If you are denied a security clearance or your clearance is revoked you will receive a Statement of Reasons (SOR) from the government department handling your case. This is a central part of the appeals process, since it is up to you to appeal and rebut the reasons given for your being denied security clearance.
The first step in the appeals process is to submit a Notice of Appeal, which tells the Appeal Board you plan to appeal the decision. You have to submit this appeal within 15 days from the date the judge handed down the decision. Besides giving your name and address and other identifying information, you must say whether you will be represented. If you are being represented, you should provide your lawyer's name and address.
The reply to the Statement of Reasons is a critical part of the appeals process. It is a good time to hire a lawyer for security clearance, if you haven't already done so. This is the time you need to get your appeal down pat. A lawyer can help you with your written reply to the Statement of Reasons, called the Appeal Brief.
Our national security clearance attorneys at The Edmunds Law Firm can help you with the appeals process if you are denied clearance. We are a nationally ranked law firm with a unique focus on security clearance matters. Our winning history speaks for itself.
To learn more, call (800) 481-2526. We can help you with any stage of the process.
Our national security clearance law firm has helped clients save their careers with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. We have secured legal victories in spite of our clients facing concerns over alcohol consumption, dishonorable discharge, five-figure debt, a failure to file taxes, and more. We have helped our clients overcome allegations of a failure to safeguard classified material, of mishandling protected information, and more. There is a reason our security clearance attorney is nationally ranked: We have the results to prove it.