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Jul
21
Marko Hakamaa
When a Favorable Security Clearance Determination is Overturned
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In a not so frequent ruling by the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, the board overturned a favorable security clearance eligibility decision by the judge that had heard the initial appeal. The main issues in this particular case fall under Guideline E (Personal Conduct), Guideline G (Alcohol Consumption), Guideline J (Criminal Conduct), and Guideline H (Drug Involvement).

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May
13
Marko Hakamaa
Dual Citizenship-Ties with Canada Results in Clearance Denial
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Along the same lines as another ClearanceJobs.com article recently posted, a decision was made in a recent Defense Office Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) to deny eligibility for a security clearance to a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor based on foreign influence and foreign preference concerns resulting from the applicant’s ties to Canada.

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Mar
17
Marko Hakamaa
Clearance Denied for Pretending to Have a Clearance
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In a rather unusual and interesting Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case, the Statement of Reasons (SOR) issued to the individual cited Guideline K (Handling Protected Information) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct) as the disqualifiers in denying the clearance.

Classified conference? Invite Only…

The particular circumstances of this case involved a government contractor who took it upon himself to attend a classified conference without submitting the required visit authorization letter, which was required so security personnel could verify his clearance. Subsequently, the individual took other actions to circumvent the clearance verification procedures in order to attend classified briefings even though his clearance had expired 5 months prior and he had not submitted an application for reinvestigation.

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Feb
3
Marko Hakamaa
Your Background Investigation is Done: Now What?
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Once all of the investigative requirements for your background investigation have been completed it is sent to the DOD Central Adjudication Facility (CAF), if you work for a DOD component, or to the federal agency’s CAF that requested your investigation. For DOD personnel and contractors your case is assigned to a PSMO-I (first level) adjudicator who will review the Report of Investigation (ROI) and make a favorable decision if no issues of concern under the 13 adjudicative guidelines are present.

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