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Jul
20
Marko Hakamaa
Having a Sexual Relationship with a Foreign National Housekeeper: Clearance Denied
Getting/Updating a Clearance, Security-Cleared Career Advice
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Many government contractors live and work all over the world in areas where family members cannot go. Locals are hired to take care of basic necessities such as food services, laundry, and housecleaning. Naturally, it is tempting to engage in extracurricular activities, as well. However, if you hold a security clearance you should think twice before engaging in sexual relations with a local foreign national, especially if you are married. A DoD contractor found this out when the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals upheld the decision to deny his clearance based upon his sexual relationship with his housekeeper/cook while he worked in Kyrgyzstan for a year, his failure to disclose the relationship to his employer, and his lack of candor about it during the hearing.

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Jun
13
Marko Hakamaa
Employment Misconduct Issues and Your Security Clearance
Getting/Updating a Clearance, investigations
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Demonstrating good judgment and reliability by following rules and procedures in the workplace is a significant factor for determining eligibility for access to national security information, as a recent DoD security clearance applicant found out. In this particular Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, the employee was issued a statement of reasons for a pattern of a failure to follow rules in employment resulting in terminations. The judge also considered the applicant’s inconsistent statements and lack of full disclosure about the details of the incidents that resulted in his getting fired from two jobs.

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May
31
Marko Hakamaa
Obtaining a Foreign Passport Can Result in Clearance Denial
Getting/Updating a Clearance
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Your ancestors came over from the “Old Country” a generation or two ago before you came along, and now you want to embrace their heritage and culture, and perhaps reconnect with previously unknown extended family members. You go for a visit and think it would be cool to get dual citizenship and get another passport. However, if you are a security clearance holder or a future applicant, before you take any steps to seek out dual citizenship and obtain any inherent benefits that may come with it, you should research the adjudicative guidelines under Foreign Preference to ensure you understand what the disqualifiers are that could result in a security clearance denial, as well as what may mitigate any concerns.

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May
3
Marko Hakamaa
Identity Theft Claim Not Plausible- Clearance Denied
Security-Cleared Career Advice
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One would think that if you had your identity used to fraudulently charge purchases and run up delinquent debt that you would do something about it, like file an identity theft report with the local police or call the creditors, right? Well, in a recent clearance denial appeal case reviewed by the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, this applicant tried to convince the judge that the numerous debts on his credit report were the result of identity theft. However, he never reported it and took no steps with the creditors to resolve the debts. The judge noted that it seemed quite odd that the applicant’s credit report showed that the purported identity thief made payments towards the disputed accounts before they eventually became delinquent. I don’t know of many thieves who would post payments to an account they fraudulently charged to. Also noted was the fact that the applicant failed to disclose a delinquent mortgage account on the SF-86 that he later admitted was his debt, compounding the credibility of his claims. Needless to say, the judge was not swayed by the applicant’s claims of identity theft in the face of evidence to the contrary.

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