What Are Some Reasons for Security Clearance Denial or Revocation?

Word denied spelled on wood blocks Millions of people have been granted security clearances. However, that certainly does not mean that security clearances are easy to obtain. Even maintaining your eligibility can be a difficult task. 

In fact, there are many potential reasons why a security clearance may be suspended, denied, or revoked. In these situations, you will receive a document called a Statement of Reasons (SOR). This document is typically issued right after the development of a security concern.

The SOR outlines the basis for the government’s denial or revocation of your security clearance. Examples of the concerns leading to the adverse decision that may be listed in a SOR include: 

  • Personal conduct
  • Financial considerations
  • Foreign influence 
  • Foreign preference
  • Sexual behavior
  • Criminal conduct
  • Drug involvement
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Psychological conditions
  • Misuse of information technology systems 

In some cases, you will be given the opportunity to meet certain conditions in order to become eligible for reconsideration. You may also be able to apply mitigating factors to your case, such as the frequency of the conduct, the steps you took to address the issue, and the circumstances that were outside of your control, to name just a few of the ways to lessen the potential impact. 

How to Respond or Appeal

Receiving a SOR or LOI can have significant career repercussions if not handled properly. It is in your best interest to seek counsel from our experienced security clearance lawyer right away. 

You must respond in a timely and adequate matter. It is also critical that you request a hearing in front of the Administrative Judge. Many people who fail to do so have their clearances denied. 

James H. Shoemaker, Jr. understands the complicated adjudication process. He will advocate for your position and work tirelessly in pursuit of a successful resolution to this difficult matter.

If you do receive a favorable decision, then your eligibility for the security clearance will be restored. If you do not, then you may be able to appeal the decision and protect your career.

Talk to Our Security Clearance Lawyer 

It is vitally important that you contact an attorney early in the denial process. Call 757-223-4580 to discuss your case with James H. Shoemaker, Jr. today. Mr. Shoemaker and Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein represent clients in security clearance actions in Virginia and nationwide.

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