Working to Obtain and Maintain Security Clearances for Employees

In the post-September 11 environment, government employees, contractors and military members are increasingly required to obtain security clearances as a condition of employment. It is critical to obtain and hold the proper clearance in order to begin or continue working in a sensitive position.

Problems such as overdue debts, arrests for driving under the influence, failing to be completely truthful in filling out the security application, dual citizenship, drug and alcohol issues, psychological problems, and having relatives in foreign countries can keep an employee from obtaining a clearance. Those problems can also prevent employers from hiring the best-qualified candidate for the job.

For more than 40 years, the Washington, D.C., security clearance attorneys at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., have provided timely and knowledgeable advice to resolve security clearance problems.

Two of our attorneys, Elizabeth Newman and Elaine Fitch, co-authored the text: Security Clearance Law and Procedure, which can be purchased at http://deweypub.com/store/14SCLP.html.

Employees: We Are Recognized Leaders in Security Clearance Appeals

Our lawyers represent federal employees and applicants in every phase of the security clearance process, including:

  • Completing the Personnel Security Questionnaire, including how best to address potential disqualifying problems and obtain interim clearance
  • Helping employees prepare for a formal interview with an investigator
  • Responding to interrogatories from the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the intelligence community, the military departments, and government agencies
  • Advising employees on what to expect at a polygraph examination
  • Responding to the Statement of Reasons (SOR) or Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • Representing employees at DOHA hearings and personal appearances
  • Preparing appeals to the DOHA Appeals Board
  • Preparing appeals to the CIA and other intelligence agencies
  • Accompanying the employee to Personnel Security Appeals Board appearances

Employers: Put Our Experience to Work for You

We advise employers who wish to avoid undue delays in obtaining clearances for their employees, minimize the number of uncleared employees they must retain in a nonbillable capacity, and maximize the likelihood that their employees will obtain the clearances they seek. We can provide:

  • Group training sessions for employees
  • Individual sessions for employees as an employer-paid benefit
  • Advice as to "key person" clearance requirements

Contact an Experienced D.C. Security Clearance Lawyer

To learn more about the security clearance services we provide in Washington, D.C., and around the country, call 202.331.9260 or contact our law firm online.