Security Clearance Granted After Delinquent Student Loans

SOUTHEAST: After retaining JAG Defense to assist with an SOR Response, Contractor granted security clearance after demonstrating that student loan accounts were no longer delinquent and successfully mitigating financial consideration concerns.  Despite Contractor requesting a hearing with Response, Chief Legal Counsel determined that further processing was no longer warranted and the SOR was withdrawn.

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Changes in lifestyle result in client’s ability to mitigate serious past behavior actions

WEST COAST:  Client Federal Government civilian employee within the Department of Defense, was issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Statement of Reasons (SOR) under Adjudicative Guidelines E – Personal Conduct, M – Use of Information Technology
Systems, F – Financial Considerations as the result of alleged deliberate omissions in the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF86)/eQIP, previous issuance of an LOI/SOR, emails discovered on the government-provided computer/email concerning an adulterous affair, as well as visiting unauthorized gambling/sports betting websites and making bets and wagers through the government-provided computer, and pornographic files contained on the computer; and because the client has had a history of not meeting financial obligations going back approximately 20 years to include two Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, with the last one being within the last 4 years.  After presentation of a detailed response denying certain allegations, while admitting to and mitigating others, the Central Adjudication Facility granted the clearance without the necessity of a Personal Appearance.

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Substantial evidence of responsible actions saves security clearance despite nearly $1,000,000 in real estate investment losses

MIDDLE ATLANTIC:  Client defense contractor was issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) under Adjudicative Guideline F – Financial Considerations, alleging three mortgage loan accounts, totaling approximately $935,000.00 in default/arrears, with all three being foreclosed upon and the Applicant being still liable for approximately $225,000.00 in outstanding debt.  After working with client to resolve the outstanding financial liability, and presenting a strong case for responsible actions in incurring the debt, despite the substantial losses when the economy suffered a catastrophic downturn, the Administrative Judge found FOR THE APPLICANT and the clearance was granted.

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Active Duty Member Owes Over $25,000, Retains Security Clearance

WEST COAST: Active duty E-6 received Letter of Intent (LOI)/Statement of Reasons (SOR) under Adjudicative Guidelines for Personal Conduct and Financial Considerations concerning eight accounts in arrears/collection/bad debts totaling approximately $25,000 as well as the omission of relevant and material facts on the SF86 and admissions during OPM background investigation to spending more money than was being earned. After submission of detailed response to SOR, Central Adjudication Facility (CAF) found FOR THE APPLICANT and granted the clearance without the necessity of a Personal Appearance before an Administrative Judge from the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).

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E-8 Has Significant Financial Debt But Retains Clearance

SOUTH: SNCO/E-8 issued Letter of Intent (LOI)/Statement of Reasons (SOR) for Financial Considerations concerning State tax lien for unpaid taxes for several years; Child support in arrears placed in collection for over $30,000 as the result of not making full support payments over a period of approximately 7 years; and additional past due debt not being paid. After presentation of information in his response to the Central Adjudication Facility (CAF) of the client’s diligent efforts to meet financial obligations, superior personal and professional performance and conduct demonstrating a pattern of reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information, the CAF found Conditionally FOR THE APPLICANT without the necessity of a Personal Appearance before an Administrative Judge. The client need only continue to demonstrate responsible steps in paying off the debts in arrears through quarterly financial status reports to the command.

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Clearance Granted for Active Duty Officer Despite Significant Bureaucratic Errors by Command

EUROPE:  Client active duty officer issued Letter of Intent (LOI)/Statement of Reasons (SOR) under Adjudicative Guidelines: B – Foreign Influence, C – Foreign Preference, E – Personal Conduct, and F – Financial Considerations, based upon being identified in a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file regarding suspected provision of false statements to a financial institution for a loan to purchase property; failing to list all relatives in the SF86 Questionnaire for National Security Positions, denying possession of a passport from another country when a dual national, failure to disclose required negative financial information, as well as a number of Tax Liens and Collection accounts totaling in excess of $110,000.00, and being subject for both Foreign Preference and Foreign Influence.  The case presented one of the most complex procedural situations based upon the command’s failure to properly process paperwork resulting in conflicting guidance between the Central Adjudication Facility and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals concerning the status of the adjudication, however, based upon the written submission prepared to respond to the SOR the clearance was eventually granted.

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Senior NASA Official Cleared From False Investigative Statements

MIDDLE ATLANTIC – Applicant, senior official at NASA, issued a Letter of Intent to deny clearance based upon Guideline B (Foreign Influence) and Guideline L (Outside Activities) as a result of ownership interest in foreign business enterprise; Guideline F (Financial Considerations) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct) for failure to file State Income Tax returns for several consecutive years; Guideline L (Outside Activities) for consulting work concerning foreign business enterprise; Guideline E (Personal Conduct) and Guideline I (Emotional Mental and Personality Disorders) based upon statements from supervisors, co-workers and acquaintances indicating reservations in applicant having access to classified information; Guideline E (Personal Conduct) and Guideline F (Financial Considerations) resulting in the inactivation of applicant’s government credit card due to mismanagement of the account; and, Guideline F (Financial Considerations) due to unpaid account information in applicant’s credit report.

We prepared and submitted a “voluminous” response for Applicant documenting: gross distortion/fabrication of allegations; miss-statements in investigator’s summary of comments attributed to the sources of the allegations; demonstration of whistle blower retaliatory actions by former supervisors in an effort to use security clearance mechanism to “get back” at applicant; and clarification of delayed receipt of filed tax returns (vice not filing of tax returns) with no outstanding credit issues against applicant which resulted in clearance being granted to applicant. Action also taken to have unsupported allegations removed from Applicant’s OPM Investigative file in order to preclude ability to use this unsupported information in future clearance adjudication procedures.

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Active USMC Cleared with Conditions from Prior Drug Use and Financial Considerations

MIDDLE ATLANTIC – Active duty USMC E-8 issued Letter of Intent to deny Security Clearance based upon Guideline E (Personal Conduct), Guideline F (Financial Considerations) as result of approximately 20 accounts in collection/arrears/delinquent, totaling over $20,000, and Guideline J (Criminal Conduct) due to violations of UCMJ Articles 86, 91 and 92, investigation as suspect into violation of UCMJ Article 121; prior admission of illegal drug use; and as result of having previously received a favorable security clearance determination, with warning, in 1991 based upon financial irresponsibility. Clearance was then denied by Department of the Navy Central Adjudication Facility ( DONCAF) however, we appealed the decision through a personal appearance before an Administrative Judge, obtained a favorable recommendation by the Judge and granting of the appeal by the Personal Security Appeals Board (PSAB) of DONCAF, reinstating the clearance, with conditions.

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Officer Cleared from Bad Debts and Fraternization with Subordinate

WASHINGTON, DC – Officer issued Letter of Intent (LOI) to deny security clearance based upon Guideline D – (Sexual Behavior), Guideline E – (Personal Conduct), Guideline F – (Financial Considerations) and Guideline J – (Criminal Conduct) as a result of receiving nonjudicial punishment for Violations of UCMJ Articles 133 and 134, inappropriate relationship with a civilian employee and fraternization with an enlisted subordinate, and numerous bad debts and accounts in collection. After submission of detailed explanation of extenuating and mitigating circumstance, resolution of financial concerns and ability to minimize UCMJ violations, client was issued security clearance without necessity of representation at an appearance before an Administrative Judge.

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Active Duty E-5 Cleared From Financial Debts and Past Due Accounts

WEST COAST – Active duty E-5 issued Letter of Intent (LOI) to deny Security clearance based upon Guidelines E – Personal Conduct, F – Financial Considerations and J – Criminal Conduct as result of assault and financial Judgments (two), Collections/Bad Debts (eight) and Past Due accounts (one). The Central Adjudication Facility (CAF) did not accept the service member’s response to the LOI as satisfactory and issued a Letter of Denial (LOD), revoking the clearance. After the clearance was denied we were retained and represented the service member at a personal appearance which resulted in a favorable recommendation by the Administrative Judge followed by reinstatement of the clearance by the Personal Security Appeals Board (PSAB) at the CAF. Result: For the service member and CLEARANCE GRANTED. from that Agency as well.

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