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.
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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Security Clearance Career Profile: Investigating the Tough Cases
by Ericka Cady for ClearanceJobs.com
Until recently I worked at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) where I adjudicated background investigations on defense contractors who had applied for security clearances. Defense contractor cases are usually handled by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), but when DISCO is unable to grant a clearance due to the complexity of the case, the entire file is sent to DOHA.