Decisions We Have Won On Behalf Of Our Clients
*Disclaimer: The following case decisions regarding security clearance law matters are case and fact specific. Every security clearance law case is different with its own set of circumstances. The following does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter nor meant to be construed as legal advice.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) and C (Foreign Preference) for allegations involving Applicant’s ties to Hong Kong and possession of a Hong Kong Identification Card and People’s Republic of China travel card. In March 2016, Ms. Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation establishing the Applicant’s long-standing roots to the U.S. including becoming a naturalized citizen, family, friends, education, employment, financial interests etc.  The evidence established that the Applicant’s loyalties are to the U.S. and that his limited contacts in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China do not create any conflict of interest between his loyalty to the U.S. or his ability to protect classified information. Attorney Young was notified that DOHA had withdrawn the SOR and taken the hearing off calendar. Applicant was granted a clearance at the level requested.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

On June 10, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for Applicant’s contacts and ties with foreign nationals, specifically his siblings and daughter and their ties to Pakistan; and Saudi Arabia and/or their affiliation with the Pakistani Atomic Energy Commission. Applicant initially submitted his Response to DoDCAF without representation and subsequently retained Security Clearance Law Group for representation at the DOHA Hearing. On September 28, 2016, Attorney Griffith appeared at an Administrative Hearing and presented evidence including Applicant’s testimony and supporting documentation establishing long standing roots and ties U.S. The evidence detailed Applicant’s unwavering loyalty to the U.S. On December 14, 2016, our office was notified of the Administrative Judge’s favorable decision. Applicant’s clearance was granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) on June 20, 2016, to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations due to Applicant’s foreclosure. Attorney Young prepared a written Response to the SOR and provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the concern and establish that the circumstances resulting in the foreclosure were genuinely unique and not likely to recur.  The evidence submitted further established that Applicant acted reasonably under the circumstances and had stabilized his financial situation since the foreclosure. On December 7, 2017, the Applicant was notified that he had successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns and the SOR was withdrawn with no need for a hearing.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on a written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE
GRANTED

On January 25, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving a foreclosure; second mortgage account that had been charged-off in the amount of $91,354 which remained delinquent. Applicant retained our office after he was notified that his matter would be set for an Administrative Hearing by DOHA.  On July 19, 2016, Attorney Young appeared at the hearing on behalf of Applicant and presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant was forthright with his financial difficulties and made every effort to resolve the debt. The evidence further demonstrated his efforts towards financial stability; to include documents showing the Applicant had taken credit counseling courses; created a Budget Brief Action Plan; certificate and worksheets detailing his financial stability and growth. On December 8, 2016, Attorney Young was notified by the Administrative Judge that he proposed that this case was appropriate for a summary disposition in Applicant’s favor. No objection was made. A favorable decision was issued on February 3, 2017.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

On June 25, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for Applicant’s contacts and ties, specifically his parents, siblings and in-laws to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. On August 15, 2017, Attorney Young prepared and submitted Applicant’s Response to the SOR. A hearing was subsequently scheduled. On December 6, 2016 Attorney Young appeared at the hearing on behalf of Applicant and presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant’s ties and loyalties to the U.S. A favorable Decision was issued by the Administrative Judge on May 16, 2017, and Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – PUBLIC TRUST GRANTED

On December 4, 2015, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F, Financial Consideration because Applicant financially overextended himself. There were six delinquent debts, totaling in excess of $22,000 set forth in the SOR. A hearing was set in Applicant’s matter and Attorney Young represented the individual at the hearing on April 25, 2016. Attorney Young was able to provide sufficient evidence that Applicant, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had gained financial stability and made good faith efforts to repay the creditors. Evidence submitted included, copies of Applicant’s certificates of completion of credit counseling and budgeting courses as well as Applicant’s testimony which demonstrated a serious change in his spending habits and reduced overhead. On October 18, 2016, Attorney Young was notified of the Administrative Judge’s favorable decision. Applicant was granted a public trust.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s public trust was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – SECURITY CLEARANCE GRANTED

 On May 22, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F, Financial Consideration resulting for Applicant’s history of not living within his means and previous Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy filings.  Applicant attempted to respond to the SOR without obtaining representation. An Administrative Hearing was subsequently scheduled. Applicant retained Attorney Young to present him at the DOHA hearing that took place on December 5, 2016.  At the hearing, Attorney Young presented evidence both documentary and testimony which demonstrated Applicant’s efforts to change his spending habits. He admitted to frivolously spending years ago, but the more recent Bankruptcy was a result of unforeseen circumstances that exceed his financial resources. There were medical issues; unforeseen medical bills; insurances issues; among other things. Documentary evidence supported Applicant’s testimony and demonstrating his credibility as to his past financial hardship. Based on the evidence submitted, the Administrative Judge concluded that the Applicant had sufficiently mitigated the Government’s concerns under Guideline F and rendered a favorable Decision on May 16, 2017. Clearance granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION; AND GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – SECURITY CLEARANCE GRANTED

On June 27, 2015, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F, Financial Consideration and Guideline B, Foreign Influence. The Financial Consideration concern resulted from Applicant’s prior bankruptcy filings (two within 5 years of each other); multiple charge off accounts due to medical accounts; in addition to unresolved tax liens. The Foreign Influence concern was based on his connection with Egypt, specifically his mother and brother residence and citizenship to the foreign country. Applicant represented himself in responding to the SOR and retained Security Clearance Law Group after DOHA set the matter for a hearing. Attorney Young appeared on Applicant’s behalf at the Administrative Hearing on April 26, 2016, and submitted evidence to support a finding that Applicant is a loyal U.S. citizen and considers himself American solely. He understands reporting requirement when holding a position of trust. With respect to the Financial Consideration allegations/concern; Attorney Young was able to demonstrate that the Applicant’s past financial hardship was a result of a series of unforeseen circumstances, including medical expenses resulting from the Applicant’s sleep apnea (one failed surgery followed by another surgery). The most significant evidence showing financial stability was Applicant’s minimal expenses reported, along with evidence of successful credit counseling. The Administrative Judge found Applicant to be credible and on his way towards financial stability. The Administrative Judge rendered a favorable Decision for Applicant on October 20, 2016.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE AND GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – SECURITY CLEARANCE GRANTED

On October 29, 2015, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B, Foreign Influence, and Guideline E, Personal Conduct.  The Foreign Influence concern is caused by Applicant’s ties to Jordan, both familial ties and financial interests. The Government alleged Applicant is ineligible for a clearance because he engaged in conduct that shows poor judgment and untrustworthiness for his alleged relationship and associating with Mr. X, an individual who was late convicted of Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Government further alleged he deliberately falsified and mislead interviewers with the information. Attorney Young submitted a timely Response to the SOR on behalf of Applicant; a Hearing was subsequently scheduled. On June 30, 2016, Attorney Young appeared with Applicant at the DOHA Hearing and submitted evidence both in witness testimony, Applicant’s testimony and documentary, that established that Applicant had no knowledge of Mr. X’s affiliation with a terrorist organization. We were also able to refute claims (with documentary evidence) that Applicant had no affiliation with Mr. X or any terrorist organization including the Muslim Brotherhood. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that Applicant was a loyal U.S. citizens solely; maintained longstanding roots and ties to the U.S. Based on the record evidence, on March 23, 2017, the Administrative Judge rendered a favorable decision. Applicant’s clearance was granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

On September 6, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR), to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for a number of charge off accounts; delinquent debts.  Attorney Young prepared a written Response to the SOR and provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the concern and establish that the circumstances resulting in the extreme financial hardship were beyond the Applicant’s control. All debt resulted from Applicant’s separation from her longtime partner. The agreement was for the parties to split the debt equally. Applicant made all efforts to adhere to the agreement and met her portion of the financial obligations. Unbeknownst to the Applicant, her former partner defaulted and creditor came after the Applicant. The evidence further established that Applicant was making efforts to resolve or otherwise settle the delinquent accounts with the creditors. Applicant’s financial situation was stabilizing. The DoDCAF sent the matter to DOHA for a Hearing. After a second review by Government Counsel, DOHA found that the Applicant had sufficiently mitigated the concern and withdrew the SOR in January 2017. Applicant’s clearance was granted.  

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on a written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE
GRANTED

On April 16, 2016, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving a various charged-off account remained delinquent. Attorney Young submitted a SOR Response outlining the reasons for the delinquent debt and efforts to resolve the debt. The evidence demonstrated that alleged debts were duplicative and other accounts resulted from unforeseen circumstances. The matter was ultimately set for an Administrative Hearing by DOHA. Attorney Moriarty appeared with Applicant at the September 19, 2016, hearing and presented evidence which sufficiently mitigated the Government concerns. The evidence further demonstrated his efforts towards financial stability; to include documents showing the Applicant had taken credit counseling courses; created a Budget Brief Action Plan; certificate and worksheets detailing his financial stability and growth. On February 3, 2017, our office was notified of the Administrative Judge’s favorable Decision. Clearance granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) on June 30, 2016, to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations due to Applicant’s foreclosure; home loan; and past credit card debt. Attorney Young prepared a written Response to the SOR and provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the concern and establish that the circumstances resulting in the delinquent home loan and other financial accounts were genuinely unique and largely beyond the Applicant’s control.  The evidence submitted further established that Applicant acted reasonably under the circumstances and has stabilized his financial situation. He has made good faith efforts to repay the debt. On January 31, 2017, Attorney Young was notified by Government Counsel at DOHA that it had recommended to withdraw the SOR based on sufficient mitigation. The recommendation was approved by DOHA Chief Counsel. Clearance granted without need for a hearing.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on a written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE H, DRUG INVOLVEMENT, GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT AND GUIDELINE J, CRIMINAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of the Army, United States Army Intelligence and Security Command issued a Letter of Intent (LOI)/Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline H (Drug Involvement), Guideline E (Personal Conduct) and Guideline J (Criminal Conduct). The basis for the three alleged Guidelines stems from Applicant’s use of testosterone while deployed and his failure to disclose the usage on his e-QIP. Applicant retained Attorney Young to assist in preparing the Response to the SOR. Attorney Young was persuasive in mitigating the concerns and refuting the allegations made against him. Based on the evidence presented, Applicant was notified by the Department of the Army in March 2017, that the concerns were sufficiently mitigated. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated the concerns on written Response alone. Clearance granted at level requested.

 

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE
GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving a Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 and outstanding student loan debt. Applicant retained Security Clearance Law Group after DoDCAF submitted his case to DOHA for a Hearing. Attorney Young appeared on behalf of Applicant at the DOHA Hearing set on May 10, 2017. The evidence presented reflected the student loan debt settled with a zero balance.  The evidence further demonstrated that Applicant had made great strides financially and was in good standing on all financial accounts; Applicant was living within means and the result of the Bankruptcy which was dismissed in 2015, were beyond his control. The Judge issued an expedited Decision in this matter and Attorney Young received the Administrative Judge’s favorable Decision on June 13, 2017. Clearance granted.

Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE K, HANDLING PROTECTED INFORMATION; GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT; AND GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline K, (Handling of Protected Information); Guideline E, (Personal Conduct) because Applicant allegedly deliberately or negligently failed to comply with rules and regulations for protecting classified information. These allegations cross alleged under Guideline E. The Government also alleged Applicant was a security risk because Applicant was financially overextended, resulting in Applicant filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in addition to IRS debt incurred. Attorney Young prepared a written response, and a hearing was set in Applicant’s matter. On November 17, 2015, Attorney Young appeared with her client at Applicant’s Administrative Hearing. Attorney Young argued that relevant mitigating factors to include that the latest security violation was likely a miscommunication or misunderstanding and that Applicant did not deliberately or intentionally commit violations in bad faith. As to the other alleged security violations, both occurred under such unusual circumstances that it is unlikely to recur. With respect to the financial considerations allegation, the financial difficulties resulted from a divorce and Applicant had made good faith efforts to resolve the debt. On March 9, 2016, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant’s clearance was restored.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE REINSTATED

During Applicant’s reinvestigation, the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Notice of Intent to revoke his security clearance under Guideline E (Personal Conduct), for Applicant’s alleged violation of a written and recorded commitment made by the individual to the employer when he refused a random drug test. Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation, contending that the alleged refusal was a mere miscommunication and the refusal was not intentionally. Applicant submitted evidence establishing that he was drug free, well-respected by his peers and colleagues and there were inconsistencies with the reporting of the alleged incident. Applicant was given an opportunity to file a written appeal directly to the Navy PSAB or request a personal appearance before an administrative judge. In October 2015, Attorney Young appeared with her client for a Personal Appearance. On March 14, 2016, Applicant was notified by his supervisor that the Personnel Security Appeals Board (PSAB) has successfully mitigated the Government’s concerns and his security clearance, which he held for years, had been restored.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was restored.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for allegations involving Applicant’s ties to Columbia. On September 28, 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation, and DOHA scheduled an Administrative Hearing in his matter. Attorney Young appeared at Applicant’s hearing on March 3, 2016. Attorney Young successfully argued and established Applicant’s long standing roots to the U.S. including becoming a naturalized citizen, family, friends, education, employment, financial interests etc. Applicant has surrendered and destroyed is Columbia passport in front of his field security officer (FSO) and all future trips to Columbia had used is American passport. The evidence established that the Applicant’s loyalties are to the U.S. and that his limited contacts in Columbia do not create any conflict of interest between his loyalty to the U.S. or his ability to protect classified information. On May 6, 2016, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns and found that Applicant was eligible for a security clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations because Applicant is financially overextended and therefore unreliable, untrustworthy, or at risk of having to engage in illegal acts to generate funds, specifically with respect to a home loan for a property that went into foreclosure. Attorney Young prepared a written Response to the SOR, and a hearing was set in Applicant’s matter. Attorney Young appeared at the October 19, 2015 administrative hearing and presented evidence that the conditions that resulted in the financial problems were largely beyond the Applicant’s control especially given the economy at the time. The evidence established that Applicant acted reasonably under the circumstances and had stabilized his financial situation since the incident. On April 26, 2016, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns rendering a favorable decision from the Administrative Judge.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE H, DRUG INVOLVEMENT– CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline H (Drug Involvement), for allegations concerning his use of marijuana while holding a security clearance. The Application responded to the SOR and requested an Administrative Hearing. On September 22, 2015, Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in San Diego, California, establishing that the conduct, which was limited to two occasions occurred
under such unusual circumstances during a time when the Applicant was undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatment which resulted in GI track problems, nausea, severe vomiting among other health issues. On February
2, 2016, DOHA issued a favorable decision restoring Applicant’s security clearance stating that given that the conduct occurred years ago without recurrence and Applicant had been in remission for several years, the Judge found that the conduct had been mitigated and did not affect his current reliability or trustworthiness. The result was a favorable decision for Applicant and his security clearance was restored.
Result: Successfully mitigated the concerns and Applicant’s security clearance was restored at level requested.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE
GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving several delinquent credit cards totaling over $64,000. In November 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation outlining Applicant’s efforts to stay current on the debt. During the period of 2007 to 2011, Applicant was working full time in addition to starting a youth lacrosse organization in his hometown. He found himself in a situation where he was personally financing the lacrosse association because donors were not delivering on their promises. After years of trying to support both his personal expenses and business expenses, it finally became too much. Attorney Young presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant was forthright with his financial difficulties and made every effort to resolve the debt. Applicant subsequently received 1099-Cs for the charged off debt and began making strides to financial stability. On February 2, 2016, Attorney Young was notified by DOHA that it had withdrawn the SOR and granted the Applicant a security clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline E (Personal Conduct), for Applicant’s failure to disclose prior alcohol related offenses including an arrest for a DWI on the Applicant’s e-QIP. In November 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation establishing that Applicant did not intentionally mislead the Government but that the Applicant reasonably believed he was not under a duty to disclose as the incident occurred when he was a minor and had been expunged. On January 11, 2016, Applicant received notice from DoD that based on the information provided after issuance of the SOR, Applicant had sufficiently mitigated the Government’s concern and the SOR was withdrawn. Applicant’s was granted his clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE G, ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline G, (Alcohol Consumption) and Guideline E, (Personal Conduct) for Applicant’s admission of past alcohol related offenses, excessive alcohol consumption. A hearing was set in his matter and Attorney Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing on May 21, 2015, and presented evidence that Applicant had abstained from alcohol and changes in Applicant’s life demonstrated a stronger commitment to sobriety than Applicant had ever shown before. Also, it was noted that Applicant’s last alcohol related was in January 2013. The evidence established that Applicant had taken strong steps to insure that his alcohol use was in the distant past and that it unlikely to recur and does not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness or good judgment. On January 20, 2016, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Government’s concerns rendering a favorable decision from the Administrative Judge.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations involving various delinquent accounts including a student loans, unemployment benefits, and medical bills. Attorney Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing on September 22, 2015, and presented evidence that the conditions that resulted in the financial problems were largely beyond the Applicant’s control. The evidence established that Applicant either resolved the debt or was not liable for the debt and acted reasonably under the circumstances. In January 2016, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns rendering a favorable decision from the Administrative Judge.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving a home loan Applicant defaulted on. On November 9, 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation outlining Applicant’s efforts to stay current on her home mortgage. Unfortunately, like many applicants, Applicant was forced to default in order to meet other financial obligations. At the direction of the lender, Applicant signed a Deed in Lieu and thereafter the bank foreclosed on the property. Attorney Young presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant was forthright with her financial difficulties and had made every effort to resolve the debt. She kept the Government apprised of her financial situation at all stages of her investigation. Attorney Young was notified by DOHA on December 16, 2015, that it had withdrawn the SOR and granted the Applicant a security clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving various delinquent debts, including failure to pay credit card accounts, medical bills, loans, and unpaid taxes. On August 7, 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation outlining Applicant’s efforts to resolve and or repay outstanding debt. Attorney Young presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant was forthright with his financial difficulties and was working to resolve the debts. On December 2, 2015, Applicant was notified that his security clearance had been restored by the Air Force Personnel Security Appeals Board.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was restored.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for allegations involving Applicant’s ties to Taiwan. On November 4, 2015, Ms. Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation establishing the Applicant’s long standing roots to the U.S. including becoming a naturalized citizen, family, friends, education, employment, financial interests etc. Applicant surrendered his Taiwanese passport and all prior travel done with his Taiwanese passport was done prior to Applicant pursuing a clearance. The evidence established that the Applicant’s loyalties are to the U.S. and that his limited contacts in Taiwan do not create any conflict of interest between his loyalty to the U.S. or his ability to protect classified information. Despite this, a hearing was set in Applicant’s matter. After a second review of Applicant’s Response and supporting documentation, on December 30, 2015, Attorney Young was notified that DOHA had withdrawn the SOR and taken the hearing off calendar. Applicant was granted a clearance at the level requested.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE H, DRUG INVOLVEMENT – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline H (Drug Involvement), for Applicant’s self-reported past drug involvement, including drug use (marijuana, MDA, cocaine among other drugs), as well as selling and purchasing drugs. On January 22, 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation establishing that Applicant’s conduct was in his distant past and not a reflection of his character or current trustworthiness or reliability. Attorney Young received notice from DOHA that based on the information provided after issuance of the SOR, Applicant had sufficiently mitigated the Government’s concern and the SOR was withdrawn. Applicant’s was granted his clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for Applicant’s contacts and ties with Chinese nationals, specifically Applicant’s spouse and in-laws. On April 15, 2015, Ms. Young prepared a written response with supporting documentation mitigating the concerns raised by the Government. On September 23, 2015, Applicant was notified by NSA of its Reversal of Intent to Revoke for Access to Classified Information, and Issuance of Conditional Clearance Eligibility, with the condition to continue to comply with all reporting requirements of foreign contacts and foreign travel in accordance with the Agency Instruction.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations involving various delinquent accounts including a home foreclosure, auto loan, credit card and medical accounts. Attorney Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing on May 22, 2015, and presented evidence that the conditions that resulted in the financial problems were largely beyond the Applicant’s control specifically as a result to dissolution proceedings. The evidence established that Applicant was working to resolve the debts and making good faith payments to all creditors and acted reasonably under the circumstances. On July 9, 2015, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns rendering a favorable decision from the Administrative Judge.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) for allegations involving various delinquent accounts including a home foreclosure, auto loan, credit card and medical accounts. Attorney Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing on May 22, 2015, and presented evidence that the conditions that resulted in the financial problems were largely beyond the Applicant’s control specifically as a result to dissolution proceedings. The evidence established that Applicant was working to resolve the debts and making good faith payments to all creditors and acted reasonably under the circumstances. On July 9, 2015, Attorney Young was notified that Applicant successfully mitigated the Agency’s concerns rendering a favorable decision from the Administrative Judge.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving two home loans Applicant defaulted on. On January 8, 2015, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response with supporting documentation outlining Applicant’s efforts to stay current on his home mortgages. Unfortunately, like many applicants, Applicant was forced to default in order to meet his other financial obligations. Attorney Young presented evidence, both testimony and documentary, establishing Applicant was forthright with his financial difficulties and was working to resolve the debts. Attorney Young subsequently submitted additional documentary evidence in June 2015, establishing that the mortgage company had accepted a short sale and the debts had been resolved. Within a month of submitting the additional documents, Attorney Young was notified by DOHA that it had withdrawn the SOR and granted the Applicant a security clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence) for allegations involving Applicant’s ties to India. On December 3, 2014, Ms. Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing and presented evidence including Applicant’s testimony and supporting documentation establishing long standing roots to the U.S. including becoming a naturalized citizen, family, friends, education, employment, financial interests etc. The evidence established that the Applicant’s loyalties are to the U.S. and that she has everything to lose and nothing to gain by engaging in any improper foreign contact with India. On February 9, 2015, the Administrative Judge issued a favorable decision and Applicant’s clearance was granted.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE D, SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, GUIDELINE J, CRIMINAL CONDUCT & GUIDELINE G, ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) – Navy Division, issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline D (Sexual Behavior), Guideline J (Criminal Conduct) and Guideline G (Alcohol Consumption) for allegations concerning an incident resulting in an Article 15 in accordance with the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and underage drinking. A Personal Appearance was set in the matter and on September 25, 2014, Attorney Williams, appeared and presented evidence including testimony of the Applicant in Fort Lee, Virginia. Mr. Williams was able to sufficiently mitigate the Government’s concerns and established that Applicant was reliable and trustworthy resulting in a favorable recommendation from the Administrative Judge which was upheld by the Navy Personnel Security Appeal Board (PSAB). Applicant was notified by his FSO in early 2015 of the Agency’s favorable decision to reinstate his clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION & GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), and Guideline E (Personal Conduct) for allegations concerning various delinquent debts and failing to disclose debts on the e-QIP. On June 11, 2014 , Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the DoDCAF with documentary evidence supporting attempt and resolution of unpaid debts as well as evidence to support that Applicant made efforts to correct his initial omission. Applicant was notified in November 2014, that the written response and supporting documentation successfully mitigated the concerns by the Agency and reinstated Applicant’s security clearance without a need for a hearing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations involving various delinquent debts. On July 10, 2014, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response and requested an administrative hearing. On October 8, 2014, Attorney Young appeared and presented evidence establishing Applicant acted reasonably and responsibly under the circumstances and his financial problems were largely beyond his control. In its decision issued November 25, 2015, the Administrative Judge found that Applicant’s loss of financial aid, his unemployment and under employment, all during the period that he was pursuing a college degree were the causes of his financial difficulties and that he acted reasonably and responsibly in that once he began full time employment, he contacted all creditors and began resolving all debts.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE, GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT & GUIDELINE L, OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence), Guideline E (Personal Conduct), and L (Outside Activities) for allegations concerning Applicant’s contacts with Indian nationals, foreign travel, deviating from original travel plans, and failure to obtain country clearance for travel. In June 2013, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response along with supporting documentation. A hearing was subsequently scheduled and on February 26, 2014, Attorney Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony of the Applicant in El Paso, TX. The evidence established that Applicant was not required to obtain a country clearance for travel but had been completely forthright with his travel plans, including purpose, duration, location etc. The evidenced showed that Applicant complied with reporting requirements as to his foreign contacts and foreign travel and any concern the Government had raised has been successfully mitigated in favor of the Applicant. The Administrative Judge rendered a favorable decision which was upheld on July 2, 2014, by the U.S. Army Personnel Security Appeals Board (PSAB).
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE G, ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Central Air Force Adjudications Facility issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke Applicant’s security clearance under Guideline G (Alcohol), for allegations involving past alcohol related conduct and continued use after a diagnosis of alcohol dependence. On May 7, 2014, Attorney Young prepared and submitted a written response along with supporting documentary evidence establishing successful rehabilitation and sufficient period of abstinence by Applicant. On August 19, 2014, Applicant was notified by the U.S. Air Force that his security clearance appeal had been upheld favorably and that his security clearance had been reinstated.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on written response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE J, CRIMINAL CONDUCT, GUIDELINE G, ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION & GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF), issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline J (Criminal Conduct), Guideline G (Alcohol Consumption) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct) for conduct involving multiple alcohol related incidents, criminal in nature, and allegation involving Applicant’s failure to disclose all alcohol related conduct. On October 14, 2014, Attorney Williams prepared a written response and presented documentary evidence establishing Applicant’s successful rehabilitation, and that he was self-reported all conduct and made good-faith efforts to correct his inadvertent omission regarding a criminal offense which occurred when he was a minor. The evidence presented established that Applicant was trustworthy and reliable, and any prior concerning conduct had been mitigated. In February 2015, Applicant was notified that his Secret-level clearance was reinstated.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration) referencing 6 allegations involving various delinquent accounts including, credit cards, medical accounts, and student loans. Attorney Young appeared at an Administrative Hearing on February 28, 2015, and presented evidence and testimony of Applicant which established that two of 6 allegations were duplicative and the remaining debts were caused by Applicant’s separation and divorce. Attorney Young successfully mitigated the concern through argument and the evidence presented and on April 10, 2014, Attorney Young was notified of the Agency’s decision to grant Applicant’s clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B, FOREIGN INFLUENCE, AND GUIDELINE C, FOREIGN PREFERENCE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence), and Guideline C (Foreign Preference) for Applicant’s dual citizenship and ties to Italy. On October 1, 2014, Ms. Young prepared a written response with supporting documentation mitigating the concerns raised by the Government. On November 4, 2014, Attorney Young was notified that the Department of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) had set the matter for an Administrative Hearing. After speaking to Government Counsel and requesting a second review of the written Response, Attorney Young was notified just days later on November 6, 2014, that Department of Defense has withdrawn the SOR and granted the Applicant a security clearance at the level requested without further processing.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations concerning various overdue debts incurred by Applicant, including two home loans one which was an interest only loan, the other a balloon payment due in December 2013. It was the Government’s position that Applicant had strategically defaulted on his mortgage loans in bad faith because he had made a bad deal and wanted out. On June 12, 2014, Attorney Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an Administrative Hearing in San Diego, California. On August 8, 2014, after careful consideration of the evidence, the Administrative Judge determined that Applicant had made every effort to rectify the situation without having to default and had mitigated the Government’s concerns. Applicant’s clearance was restored.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Individual’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations concerning various outstanding debts including charge offs incurred by Applicant. Various debts were a result of Applicant being victimized in two separate fraudulent business transactions. On September 22, 2014, Attorney Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Woodland Hills, California. Ms. Young was able to sufficiently mitigate the Government’s concerns and the result was a favorable decision for Applicant and his security clearance was restored.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Individual’s security clearance was reinstated.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION & GUIDELINE E, PERSONAL CONDUCT – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of the Air Force, issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), and Guideline E (Personal Conduct) for allegations concerning various delinquent debts and failing to disclose debts. On November 13, 2013, Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the Department of Army with documentary evidence supporting attempt and resolution of unpaid debts. Applicant was notified on November 4, 2014, that the Department of Army successfully mitigated its concerns and granted applicant a security clearance without a personal appearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns on the written Response alone. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations concerning 35 delinquent debts, totaling $18,700, including medical bills, credit card, and student loans. On June 17, 2014, Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony of the Applicant at an administrative hearing in Woodland Hills, California. Ms. Young was able to sufficiently mitigate the Government’s concerns and established that Applicant was reliable and trustworthy. On July 11, 2014, the Administrative Judge issued a favorable decision for Applicant in favor of restoring a security clearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE H, DRUG INVOLVEMENT– CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline H (Drug Involvement), for allegations concerning his use of marijuana while holding a security clearance. On April 22, 2014, Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Woodland Hills, California. The result was a favorable decision for Applicant and his security clearance was restored.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE H, DRUG INVOLVEMENT– CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline H (Drug Involvement), for allegations concerning his use of cocaine while holding a security clearance. On March 12, 2014, Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Woodland Hills, California. Ms. Young was able to sufficiently mitigate the Government’s concerns and the result was a favorable decision for Applicant and his security clearance was restored.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations concerning various overdue debts, including student loans and medical bills. On March 11, 2014, Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Woodland Hills, California. Ms. Young was able to sufficiently mitigate the Government’s concerns and the result was a favorable decision for Applicant in favor of granting a security clearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN CRITERION L CASE – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of the Energy issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Criterion L (Association With An Individual Involved in Criminal Activity), for allegations concerning her ongoing contact and cohabitation with an individual involved in criminal conduct. On February 6, 2014 Ms. Young appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Livermore, California. The result was a favorable decision in favor of Applicant keeping her security clearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F, FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of Defense issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Consideration), for allegations concerning various overdue debts incurred by Applicant. Attorney Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) along with supporting documentation. On February 3, 2014, the DOD was satisfied that Applicant was repaying his debts and, and granted the individual’s a conditional security clearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN CRITERION H, K & L CASE – CLEARANCE RESTORED

The Department of the Energy issued a Summary of Security Concerns (SSC) to revoke security clearance under Criterion H, K & L for allegations concerning opioid use and disorder and unusual and dishonest conduct. Prior to the hearing, a DOE Psychiatrist diagnosed the individual with an opioid related disorder that may cause significant defects in judgment. On January 24, 2014 Attorney Griffith appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attorney Griffith brought in a private psychiatrist as an expert witness to counter the initial diagnosis. The result was a favorable decision in favor of Applicant keeping his security clearance.

Favorable Decision in Guideline J, Criminal Conduct – Clearance Granted

The Department of the Air Force issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline J (Criminal Conduct), due to the individual’s prior arrest and charge of felony assault, misdemeanor assault on a child under 12, and misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person. Attorney Young provided a written response and an application to maintain innocence while receiving legal punishment to the Department of the Air Force along with supporting documentation. On July 3, 2013, the Department of the Air Force granted the individual 18 months unsupervised probation.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

Interim Clearance Granted

On June 6, 2013, Attorney Young aided an individual through completion of Security Clearance Questionnaire Form SF-86. Despite having two convictions for driving under the influence (DUI), a cited noise violation, and a juvenile arrest for possession of stolen property, the applicant was granted an interim security clearance.
Result: Successfully aided applicant in completion of Form SF-86 and procurement of security clearance.

Favorable Decision at Administrative Hearing in Guidelines H and J, Alcohol Abuse and Mental Condition – Clearance Granted

Attorney Young represented an individual at a Department of Energy (DOE) administrative hearing wherein allegations of excessive alcohol use and an alcohol related mental disorder were argued before a panel. Prior to the hearing, a DOE Psychiatrist diagnosed the individual with an alcohol related condition that may cause significant defects in judgment. Attorney Young brought in a private psychiatrist as an expert witness to counter the initial diagnosis and ultimately convinced the DOE psychiatrist to attribute the individual’s alcohol consumption to social behaviors only. On December 21, 2012, the Administrative Judge issued a favorable decision and reinstated Applicant’s clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns. Individual’s security clearance was reinstated.

Favorable Decision in Guideline B, Foreign Influence – Clearance Granted

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence), for allegations of ongoing contact with family members who are foreign nationals, large deposits to a Pakistani bank account, and family ownership of property in Pakistan. Attorney Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) along with supporting documentation. On October 5, 2012, the DOD was satisfied that the individual is a loyal patriot and trustworthy citizen, and granted the individual’s security clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

Favorable Decision in Guidelines E (Personal Conduct) and F (Financial Consideration) – Clearance Granted

The Department of Navy Central Adjudication Facility (DONCAF, Dept. of the Navy) issued a statement of reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guidelines E (Personal Conduct) and Guideline F (Financial Consideration), due to an inadvertent omission on form SF-86 regarding debt delinquencies, a poor recommendation from a former employer, and various allegations of collection/delinquent debts on the individual’s credit report. Attorney Young prepared a written response with supporting documentation falsifying the allegations to the DONCAF. On May16, 2012, DONCAF issued a favorable decision and granted the individual security without a personal appearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

Favorable Decision in Guideline B, Foreign Influence – Clearance Granted

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence), for allegations of ongoing contact with foreign nationals, frequent foreign travels to Morocco, and property purchases in Morocco. Ms. Young prepared and submitted a written response to the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) with supporting documentation. On May 3, 2012, the DOD issued a favorable decision and found Applicant to be a loyal patriot and trustworthy citizen, and restored Applicant’s security clearance.
Result: Successfully mitigated all concerns and the individual’s security clearance was restored without a personal appearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F CASE – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of the Army issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Considerations), for allegations of financial debts and delinquencies, including student loans and unpaid bills. In August 2011, Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to Department of Army and the Puerto Rico National Guard with supporting documentation. The submitted response and documentary evidence successfully mitigated all concerns and the applicant was granted a clearance.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

GUIDELINE F DENIAL – CLEARANCE GRANTED

The Department of the Army issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Considerations), for allegations of unpaid financial debts and delinquencies. In July 2011, Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the Department of Army with documentary evidence supporting attempt and resolution of unpaid debts. After consideration, the Department of Army granted applicant a security clearance without a personal appearance.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE B: FOREIGN INFLUENCE HEARING

On June 2, 2011, Attorney John Griffith appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing on a Guideline B: Foreign Influence case in Chicago, Illinois. The result was a favorable decision in favor of the applicant keeping his security clearance.

GUIDELINE B DENIAL – CLEARANCE RESTORED

In May 2011, Department of Air Force issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline B (Foreign Influence), for allegations of ongoing contact with foreign nationals, undisclosed foreign bank accounts, and future intent to retire abroad. Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to Department of Air Force with supporting documentation. After consideration, the Government was satisfied that the individual was a loyal patriot and trustworthy citizen and restored the individual’s clearance.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns and the individual’s security clearance was restored without a personal appearance.

MSPB APPEAL – FEDERAL EMPLOYEE’S EMPLOYMENT REINSTATED

The Department of Justice, Drug Administration Enforcement removed a federal employee from employment, for allegations of intentionally falsifying past drug use on the e-QIP and Drug Use Statement. Ms. Young prepared the appeal on behalf of individual and filed it with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) on May 17, 2011, requesting that appellant’s employment be reinstated. Ms. Young prepared jurisdictional motion and discovery requests questioning the validity of the allegations and illustrating that the individual was a loyal, trustworthy and reliable employee to the federal. The DEA ultimately reinstated the individuals employment without personal appearance.

RESPONSE TO INTERROGATORIES – CLEARANCE GRANTED

In May 2011, Department of Defense (DOD) issued Applicant interrogatories requesting clarification and/or explanation with regards to unfavorable and discrepant information discovered during Applicant’s background investigation. The Government was concerned with Applicant’s conduct involving illegal downloading of music, tv shows, and computer programing and failure to report such conduct, in addition to discrepant information regarding his prior employment history. Ms. Young prepared a written response to the interrogatories on behalf of Applicant and was able to sufficiently clarify and mitigate all concerns raised by the government.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without issuance of a Statement of Reasons (SOR). Applicant’s clearance granted.

GUIDELINES E and M DENIAL – CLEARANCE REINSTATED

In May 2011, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke security clearance under Guideline E (Personal Conduce) and Guideline M (Use of Information Technology Systems), for allegations of sending and receiving partially nude images and unauthorized e-mails via the government Outlook e-mail and failure to disclose such conduct. Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to the Department of Homeland Security along with documentary evidence showing that applicant is trustworthy and reliable.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s clearance was restored.

GUIDELINES J and E DENIAL – CLEARANCE RESTORED

In April 2011, United States Coast Guard issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to revoke security clearance under Guideline E (Personal Conduct) and Guideline J (Criminal Conduct), for allegations of conduct involving prostitutes, child pornography, altering age on military ID, and improper storage, transportation and removal of classified information. Ms. Young prepared a written argument on behalf of the individual and submitted it along with documentary evidence proving that Applicant was trustworthy and reliable.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without a need for a hearing. The individual’s clearance was restored.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

December 23, 2010, Attorney John Griffith appeared and presented evidence including testimony at an administrative hearing on a Guideline F: Financial Considerations case in Cincinnati, Ohio . The result was a favorable decision in favor of the applicant keeping his security clearance.

FAVORABLE DECISION IN GUIDELINE F: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

December 17, 2010, Attorney John Griffith obtained a favorable decision in a Guideline F case based on a detailed written response including documentary evidence. The client was granted access and the concerns were sufficiently mitigated.

GUIDELINE F DENIAL – CLEARANCE GRANTED

In January 2010, the Department of the Air Force issued a Statement of Reasons to deny security clearance under Guideline F (Financial Considerations), for allegations of missed mortgage payments on several properties and unpaid property taxes. In June 2011, Ms. Young prepared a written response and submitted it to AFCAF with supporting documentation proving that the precarious financial situation resulted from the unique circumstances and were being resolved. AFCAF was satisfied that the individual is a trustworthy and reliable citizen and a security clearance was granted.
Result: successfully mitigated all concerns without a personal appearance. Applicant’s security clearance was granted.

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Meet Our Security Clearance Attorneys
John Griffith - Security Clearance Attorney
  • United States Army Veteran
  • U.S Army Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal

Attorney John Griffith is a veteran of the United States Army and travels nationwide representing fellow service members and government contractors in National Security Clearance matters. A native of Texas, Mr. Griffith moved to San Diego, California to pursue a career in law after completing his military service. Early in his career he became the managing partner of a well known National Security Clearance law firm, and decided to branch out and found Security Clearance Law Group with partners Catie Young and Amy Lass. Together they have a mission to provide excellent representation at an affordable rate, every single day. Mr. Griffith has represented members of virtually every government agency and employees of most major government contracting firms in national security clearance cases.

Catie Young

Catie Young graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego California before becoming a member of the California State Bar. She became versed in National Security Clearance Law while working for one of the largest National Security Clearance law firms on the west coast. Ms. Young is an expert in adjudicative mitigation and is well versed in all security risk guidelines.

Amy Lass

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Ms. Lass graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. She went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. During her time at Thomas Jefferson, she spent a summer semester in Nice, France studying comparative constitutional law under Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

I would fully recommend these services to anyone who has problems getting a government security clearance. They understand the inter-workings of the clearance process and can get you a favorable decision. They guided me every step of the way and now I have my security clearance! Frank Z. Chicago, IL
Frequently asked questions

A security clearance is the determination made by federal government that a person is eligible for access to classified information and suitability for employment. A security clearance is granted only after a personnel security background investigation has been conducted into the applicant’s personal and professional history.

The purpose of the background investigation is to determine whether the applicant has the ability and ability to protect and safeguard classified material. If the federal government is not confident in the applicant’s character and fitness, it has the exclusive right to deny applicant a security clearance.

The security clearance process is initiated by the agency or government contractor after the applicant accepts a conditional offer of employment from that agency. Typically the applicant will be directed to complete a Standard Form 86 (SF 86) , or the electronic web based version, e-QIP (Electronic Questionaire for Investigative Processing).

There are various levels of a security clearance an applicant can acquire. The level depends on the sensitivity of the information being accessed by the applicant. For all levels the applicant must display loyalty, reliability, trustworthiness and an overall good character.

Each agency has established its own unique adjudication process. However, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts the vast majority of all personnel background investigations for the Federal Government. Agencies periodically conduct reinvestigations of individual’s suitability every 5 years.

An interim clearance is granted on a temporary basis, after minimum investigative requirements have been met by the applicant. Most applicants find that they are granted an interim clearance relatively quick. However, an interim clearance can be revoked or denied at any time pending the completion of the full background investigation. Generally interim clearances are denied in instances where the government has discovered unfavorable information either on the SF 86 Form or at any time throughout the investigation.

Caveat: An applicant is not afforded the same due process rights as an interim clearance holder. This means, the government does not have to provide you a reason for denial of the interim clearance or allow you an opportunity to defend the unfavorable information. This is why it is so important to seek advice if you have any questions with respect to filling out your SF-86.

It is not uncommon for your security clearance to be delayed, denied, revoked, or suspended when unfavorable information is listed on the applicant’s SF 86 Form or discovered during the investigation process. In fact, most agencies, not all, use similar guidelines, which can be found in the DOD Directive. Those factors include:

  • Guideline A: Allegiance to the United States:
  • Guideline B: Foreign Influence:
  • Guideline C: Foreign Preference:
  • Guideline D: Sexual Behavior:
  • Guideline E: Personal Conduct:
  • Guideline F: Financial Considerations:
  • Guideline G: Alcohol Consumption:
  • Guideline H: Drug Involvement:
  • Guideline I: Psychological Conditions:
  • Guideline J: Criminal Conduct:
  • Guideline K: Handling Protected Information:
  • Guideline L: Outside Activities:
  • Guideline M: Use of Information Technology Systems:

An agency may issue an applicant a set of interrogatories, requesting the applicant to respond and explain further discrepant or unfavourable information.

It is absolutely imperative that the applicant take this seriously and it is highly recommended that you seek an attorney to assist you in your responses because the applicant can provide mitigating information directed at addressing and potential government concern. This may keep you from being issued a Statement of Reasons.

Yes, the applicant is entitled to his or her investigative file pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Upon written request, the government must disclose all relevant records, unless they can be lawfully withheld (i.e. confidential information of third parties, etc.). The burden is placed on the government to substantiate why it cannot release certain documents.

When your background investigation is complete and the government has determined you not suitable for a security clearance, you will be notified of the reason for the denial. Typically the applicant will receive either a Statement of Reasons (SOR) or a Letter of Intent (LOI).

Each agency has its own appeal process, however generally the SOR or LOI will contain specific instructions regarding the appeal process and applicable deadlines. For instances, some agencies give you an opportunity to request a hearing in front an administrative judges while others request only a response to the SOR/LOI and supporting and/or mitigating documentation from the applicant.

If a hearing is requested, the government will set a hearing date for the applicant and government counsel. It is similar to a court proceeding in that live testimony is accepted. This means that both the applicant and government counsel will have an opportunity to present its case, offer witness testimony have the opportunity to cross examine witnesses. Following a hearing, the Administrative Judge will issue a written decision.

The Administrative Judge’s decision can be appealed to the DOHA Appeal Board. The Appeal Board’s decision is generally final. However, the Appeal Board can remand the case to the Administrative Judge for further review and proceeding.

Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 731(5 CFR 731) governs federal employment suitability standards and procedures. If a federal agency intends to withdrawal their offer of employment for a competitive service position due to the suitability criteria, that agency is required to notify applicant, in writing, the reasons it believes applicant is not suitable. This is similar procedure security clearance matters, wherein applicant is given an opportunity to respond to the allegations by admitting or denying each allegation in full or part.

If the agency makes a final adverse suitability decision, the agency must notify you in writing of their decision and inform you of your right to appeal the decision to the Merit System Protection Board (MSBP).

An MSBP appeal can become complex cases requiring undivided attention and experience. There are numerous procedural deadlines that cannot be overlooked without the possibility of the MSPB losing jurisdiction over your matter, including, jurisdictional issues, discovery, conference meetings, etc. For more information on MSPB appeals, please visit our web page dedicated specifically to such matters.

If you are interested in discussing the security clearance process in further detail or need assistance with your security clearance matter or MSPB appeal, please contact us at 1-844-887-0433 to speak to an experienced National Security Clearance attorney. The attorneys and staff at Security Clearance Law Group are dedicated to serving our clients with excellence.

If you are interested in discussing the security clearance process in further detail or need assistance with your security clearance matter or MSPB appeal, please contact us at 1-844-887-0433 to speak to an experienced National Security Clearance attorney. The attorneys and staff at Security Clearance Law Group are dedicated to serving our clients with excellence.

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