Security Clearances


Security Clearance Issues

A personnel security clearance is an administrative determination by a trained adjudicator that an individual is eligible from a security standpoint under national security standards for access to classified information.

  • Obtaining a federal security clearance – the “need to know” requirement.
  • Pre-clearance submission consulting.
    • Personal history issues.
    • Prior civilian or military clearances – reciprocity issues.
    • Problem areas and resolutions.
  • The Application Process.
    When an employee working for a company cleared under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) requires access to classified information in the performance of his or her duties, the company initiates the process to obtain a personnel security clearance for the employee. Individuals cannot apply for a personnel security clearance on their own.
    • Completing the Standard Form [“SF”] 86 properly.
    • Supplemental documentation issues.
  • Interim Security Clearances.
    All applicants for a personnel security clearance submitted by a cleared contractor will be routinely considered for an interim eligibility. An interim eligibility is usually granted within five days after the clearance application is submitted. An interim eligibility will permit the individual to have access to most of the classified information needed to perform his or her duties. The interim eligibility is made concurrently with the initiation of the investigation and will generally remain in effect until an investigation is completed, at which time the applicant is considered for a final eligibility.
  • Handling clearance denials, suspensions or revocations.
  • The administrative appellate process for denials, suspensions or revocations.
  • Military Clearance denials, suspensions or revocations