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Marko Hakamaa
Government Employee’s Removal Upheld Due to Security Clearance Denial
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In a recent Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case the original decision to remove a Department of the Navy employee due to his security clearance being revoked was upheld by the board. Specifically, the employee was removed for failure to maintain a top secret security clearance as a condition of employment. It has been well established by case history that the MSPB cannot look at the reasons for a security clearance denial, as that authority is reserved for the adjudicating agency. However, MSPB can consider and rule on whether the agencies administrative processes and procedures were followed in removing the employee and whether due process was given. more

Marko Hakamaa
Illegal Drug Use is Mitigated: Clearance Granted
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In another recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case the board decided that the concerns about the applicant’s recreational illegal drug use over a ten-year period that spanned from 2001 to 2011 were mitigated.  The applicant disclosed information detailing his recreational drug use from 2001 to 2011 that included the use of marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and illegal use of prescription drugs.  These concerns fall under Guideline H (Drug Involvement) and as a result, a Statement of Reasons (SOR) was issued to the applicant. more

Marko Hakamaa
Deliberate Falsification on Security Clearance Application Results in Denial
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In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case the original decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to deny the applicant a security clearance was upheld by the board.  This particular case involved Guidelines J (Criminal Conduct) and E (Personal Conduct).  The applicant had a history of serious criminal conduct that involved unlawful wounding, stalking, DUI, probation violations, assault, and destruction of property.  However, the DUI was the latest criminal offense that he had been convicted of and it occurred over 6 years ago.  Had there been no other more recent issues in the case then the criminal conduct it could have been mitigated by time and rehabilitation. more

Top Reasons for a Clearance Request to Be Sent Back to a Security Officer
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Failure to pay attention to detail seems to top the list of reasons for applications to be denied, with issues of missing or incomplete information taking up the majority of the top 20 issues.