Attorneys for Security Clearance Denials
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Security clearance denials are rather common, and an applicant who has
been denied need not feel like he or she is unusually unqualified for
a position requiring a security clearance. Even before the heightened
security climate that followed the 9/11 attacks, many applicants received
security clearance denials, particularly on their first try. The government
agencies that provide such clearances are considering whether an individual
can be entrusted with access to classified, sensitive information, and
the agencies are thus very cautious.
Success in Appealing Security Clearance Denials
The Edmunds Law Firm has been helping civilian and military applicants with security clearance
denials for several decades. Our firm has an excellent record of successfully
mitigating denials, securing the desired clearance for hundreds of applicants.
We can represent you effectively and answer your questions about security
If you have undergone a security clearance process-such as that conducted
for a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance or an FBI security
clearance-and you received a document entitled "Statement of Reasons"
or "Letter of Intent," the reason or reasons for your security
clearance denial will be given in the document. If you feel that those
reasons are invalid or unfair, you can take action to appeal the decision
to deny you a security clearance. The security clearance process is rather
complex and may require help from an national security clearance attorney
who is familiar with how the process works.
Security Clearance Denial Guidelines
The DoD's "Directive 5220.6" gives the 13 guidelines used
to determine an applicant's eligibility for a DoD security clearance.
- The five most commonly used guidelines that appear in security clearance
denials are as follows:
Guideline B-Foreign Influence -The government's concern is that the applicant has divided loyalties
to the United States and to another country, group or organization. The
concern may be based on a relatively minor matter.
Guideline C-Foreign Preference - The concern is that an applicant may act in preference for a foreign
country over the U.S. Conditions that could raise a Guideline C concern
include possession of a current foreign passport; military service for
a foreign country; the applicant's acceptance of educational, medical
or retirement benefits from a foreign country; and / or residence in a
foreign country to meet citizenship requirements.
Guideline E-Personal Conduct - Here, an applicant is deemed to have questionable judgment, lack of
candor or dishonesty. Of special interest is any failure or refusal by
the applicant to provide truthful and candid answers during the security
clearance process, such as the completion of the SF-86.
Guideline F-Financial Consideration - The concern is that the failure or inability to live within one's
means or satisfy debts is evidence of a lack of judgment, creating an
issue of trustworthiness relative to the ability to protect classified
information. Examples are inability or unwillingness to satisfy debts,
indebtedness caused by frivolous conduct, a history of not meeting financial
obligations, and deceptive or illegal financial practices.
Guideline H-Drug Involvement - The concern is that the use of an illegal drug or misuse of a prescription
drug calls into question an applicant's reliability and trustworthiness.
Drugs, materials and other chemical compounds listed in the Controlled
Substance Act of 1970 are considered, as is any evidence of drug abuse,
any test that results in a positive drug presence, illegal drug possession,
sale or cultivation, and failure to successfully complete a drug treatment program.
Talk to a Lawyer about a Security Clearance Denial
All of these guidelines-and all of the factors in an individual's security
clearance denial-have mitigating conditions that can be used by a skilled
and knowledgeable attorney such as Alan V. Edmunds. With proper representation,
case preparation, submission of documentary evidence, and presentation
of compelling oral testimony, a security clearance denial can often be overcome.
national security clearance lawyer at The Edmunds Law Firm at (800) 481-2526 to discuss your denial with
an experienced attorney.