The process for obtaining a security clearance depends in part on the agency that is providing the clearance, but since the vast majority of security clearances are obtained through the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the DoD process will be summarized here. The Edmunds Law Firm can help applicants with the process of obtaining any type of security clearance. Having helped hundreds of individuals across the country obtain or retain their security clearance, our attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge in all stages of the process.
The primary form to be completed is the standard form 86, or SF-86 security clearance questionnaire. Understandably, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has moved into the electronic age and security clearance applicants now complete the SF-86 online. The OPM's system for this process is called the "e-QIP," short for Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing. The e-QIP system can only be accessed by someone who has been invited to do so by an appropriate official at a sponsoring agency. This means a person cannot "pre-apply" for a security clearance, and someone who already has a security clearance cannot update or change his or her SF-86 unless granted access by an appropriate agency.
It's not unusual for a security clearance applicant to be concerned about some of the questions on the SF-86. If you are not sure whether you should reveal some of the information, it's a good idea to contact a skilled security clearance attorney such as Alan Edmunds. The same is true if you're asked to supply written responses to "interrogatories."
If an OPM agent finds what he or she considers an inconsistency, incorrect information, or falsehood in your SF-86 or other documents regarding your application, you may be contacted by the OPM and given a chance to clarify the matter. In other cases, the OPM will simply issue a "Statement of Reasons" describing the one or more reasons that the OPM is denying you a security clearance. At that point, it is in your best interest to contact Alan Edmunds; he has provided the representation that helped many individuals overcome this obstacle to a security clearance.
In some cases, it is appropriate and necessary to request a hearing before an administrative judge. This hearing is conducted to give the applicant a chance to argue against the security clearance denial. Legal representation in this hearing makes a critical difference. If the judge turns an applicant down at the hearing stage, the decision can be appealed.
For more information about applying for a security clearance, contact a security clearance lawyer at The Edmunds Law Firm for an initial consultation. Our team has been serving clients in the area of national security clearance for over 40 years-since 1976.
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