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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?
Getting/Updating a Clearance, investigations
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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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Dec
9
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.

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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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