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Oct
6
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.

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Aug
27
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.

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May
20
lindy.kyzer
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.
Nov
10
lindy.kyzer
Security Clearance Polygraphs, Due Process and DOHA Under Fire
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Want to know the value of a security clearance? Ask someone who has had theirs revoked and fails to get it reinstated upon an appeal to the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).

While the accuracy of polygraph examinations remains so controversial that they’re inadmissible in most courts, they continue to be a vital part of the security clearance application and review process, especially within intelligence agencies.

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