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Why was I denied a security clearance and what can I do?

For many jobs with the U.S. government, it is necessary to get a security clearance. This is true if it is a person who is seeking a job working directly for the government or a person who is a contractor and will only be employed in that context. The security clearance is a protective device so the government knows who it has working for them and that they can feel safe with him or her being exposed to material that could be considered sensitive.

The denial of a security clearance can deprive a person of a lucrative job and a chance at career advancement. Understanding why there was a denial is imperative to know what to do about it. People who are going through the process for a security clearance are advised to be honest, candid and thorough. Issues can crop up and the cases are looked at individually. The Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4 National Security Adjudicative Guidelines is used to make the decision to give the security clearance, to continue a person's eligibility to have security clearance or to deny or rescind the clearance.

The following guidelines are used and a problem with any of these considerations could lead to a denial of security clearance: the person must show allegiance to the U.S.; there can be no foreign influence; there can be no foreign preference; sexual behavior cannot be problematic; the personal conduct must be aboveboard; financial factors will be assessed; the person's alcohol consumption; any drug involvement or misuse of substances; psychological conditions the person might have; if they had criminal conduct; their handling of protected information; what their outside activities are; and how they use information technology.

For people who are seeking a job with the government in the civil service or armed services and are either concerned about the security clearance process or are already having problems getting security clearance, having legal assistance is a must. A law firm that has military experience and knows how to help people who have been rejected for a job due to a security clearance concern or who have had their security clearance rescinded. Calling for representation is critical to ending the clearance issues and getting or keeping the job.

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