Obtaining a Security Clearance
The Application Process
The majority of security clearances are obtained through the United States Department of Defense (DoD), which is the process we will summarize on this page. At The Edmunds Law Firm, our skilled attorneys have helped hundreds of applicants across the country obtain or retain their security clearance, using our valuable experience and knowledge for their benefit.
- If an individual’s job requires security clearance, he or she will be required to:
- Complete specific forms
- Provide personal information
- Be fingerprinted
- Consent to a background investigation
- Undergo multiple interviews
- Possibly consent to a polygraph test
- Provide contact information for acquaintances and people close to you, so that they may be interviewed
SF-86 Security Clearance Questionnaire
The Standard Form (SF) 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, is used by military personnel government contractors, and government employees to apply for a Security Clearance. To keep up with the electronic era, a new form titled SF86 Electronic Questionnaire for Investigation Processing (eQIP) became available online. However, it contains the same questions and information that can be found in SF 86.
Completing the Form
When filling out the form, it is important to be honest in your answers to each question. You may also provide explanations for answers in the comments or continuation section if you feel it is necessary. The form will require an extensive amount of information, including current and former spouses, residential addresses for the past 10 years, employment history for the past 10 years, and time spent overseas. Be sure to make copies since you may require this information in the future when seeking higher clearances.
Nationally Ranked Security Clearance Lawyers
If you have doubts about revealing certain information while completing the SF86 form, you might want to consider contracting a skilled security clearance attorney. Attorney Alan Edmunds has the experience and knowledge to guide you through this process and answer any questions you might have.
If inconsistencies, incorrect information, or falsehoods are discovered in any of the documents you provide for your security clearance application, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may contact you to ask for clarification on these issues. Some might deny security clearance without this opportunity. If you encounter obstacles throughout the application process or are denied security clearance, legal representation can make a critical difference in changing the outcome.
Apply for Security Clearance Today
The legal team at The Edmunds Law Firm has been serving clients in the area of national security clearance for over 40 years, since 1976. If you would like more information about applying for a security clearance, contact one of our accomplished security clearance lawyers today.
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