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Mar
23
Marko Hakamaa
Failure to File Taxes Results in Denial for Public Trust Position
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In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals case, the judge was unsympathetic toward the applicant who was initially denied eligibility for placement into a Public Trust position as a contractor with the DoD. The denial was due to the fact that she failed to file federal taxes for years 2006-2007 and state taxes for years 2005-2007. The reason she gave the judge for not filing her taxes? Amazingly enough, she claimed she was influenced by her sister who had talked to her about a legal way (obtained from a book) to avoid paying income taxes.

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Jan
11
Marko Hakamaa
Top Issues in 2015 for Security Clearance Denials
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In 2015 the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) Board held 996 hearings for appeals on adverse security clearance determinations or eligibility for placement into public trust positions. As was the case in the previous year, analysis of the types of issues involved showed that cases with financial and personal conduct issues made up the overwhelming majority. The next two highest categories were drug involvement and foreign influence. Below is a breakdown by adjudicative category of the types of issues presented (Note- some cases had multiple issues):

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Dec
14
Marko Hakamaa
A Clearance Denial Decision Made Easy – Lies and Drug Abuse
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It truly is amazing how an individual’s perspective on situations and life’s events can become totally skewed and out of sync with actual reality. In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case the applicant, a former military service member, filled out the SF-86 and indicated that he had served as a military officer and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment. There are no issues here, right? Well……..if that information had been true then you would have been correct. However, come to find out, the applicant did not serve in the military as an officer, but rather was an enlisted member. Oh, and also, he did not receive an honorable discharge, but rather an “other than honorable” type. But wait, that’s not all, here is the best part: He also failed to disclose marijuana use while in a cleared status which led to him being discharged from the military!

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Sep
3
Marko Hakamaa
Drug Use While in a Public Trust Position
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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.

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