In an interesting Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, at issue was the marijuana use of a contractor who was working in a public trust position and subsequently applied for a security clearance. In 2008 for the public trust position she noted on her background investigation paperwork that she had used marijuana from 2003 to 2008 while in college. This issue was favorably adjudicated and she was cleared to work in the public trust position. Fast forward to 2013 when she filled out an SF-86 for a security clearance and disclosed new drug use information on the form stating she had used marijuana ten times between 2009 and 2013.
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).
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.
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.