The DC area including the nation’s capital, Virginia and Maryland has many people who are employed in sensitive jobs that require a security clearance to be hired and perform the applicable duties. Even after a person has been granted a security clearance, they are not free from scrutiny. There is a continuous evaluation (CE) process that is designed to make sure there are no issues that have arisen since the previous security check. Those who are concerned about this process or have run into a problem because of it should be aware of key aspects of CE and their legal rights.
Fundamental points about a continuous evaluation
Security officials will conduct reviews of people who were previously granted security clearance. This is to make certain they are still eligible to handle classified information or to have a sensitive position. Electronic records are used to check the person’s records and accrue information. This is to prevent potential damage to United States security by insiders who were previously approved to handle certain information or be in the vicinity of sensitive material.
Computer checks happen more often than manual checks. The data will cover the person’s eligibility for a security clearance, possible involvement in terrorism, foreign travel, financial behavior that may be questionable, criminal behavior, credit reports, and public records. People who work in the executive branch, contractors, subcontractors, military members, consultants, and those who work in the government are examples of workers who will have a CE. The goal is to have a comprehensive vetting process that is ongoing as a protective strategy.
Legal assistance from a firm experienced with security clearances can help
People who work in the government and have already gotten their security clearance should be aware that they will be subject to a CE and it could impact their employment. This is true regardless of the person’s role as a direct employee of the government in sensitive areas such as working for the CIA or for people working as contractors in jobs that are not considered to be information-centric or worrisome for national security. Calling a firm that has helped many people with security clearances whether it is getting the clearance or facing a continuous evaluation can be beneficial for full protection.