National Security Clearance
Attorney Julia Kaemerle represents active duty military and civilians with Security Clearance Appeals, Denials and Formal Hearings coast to coast, Security Clearance Representation, Government Contractors, Facility Clearances and Corporate Coverage, Limited Access Authorization, Security Clearance and Application Assistance.
Obtaining a security clearance, no matter the level is the ultimate sign of trust from the government. Federal employees, military members, and government contractors are often required to obtain and hold a security clearance in order to maintain their sensitive position with the government or a secured contractor. In the last decade, the federal government has greatly increased the number and type of positions that require security clearances, making it difficult for many to be employed or stay employed in their federal positions.
The application process, as well as the clearance renewal process, includes an extensive and thorough background investigation into your personal life and financial history. Anything from traffic offenses to credit card debt can be called into question. Further, just because you have been granted a clearance does not guarantee you’ll have it for the remainder of your career. A security clearance can be taken away at any time due to numerous factors that call into question your ability to work in a sensitive position. Examples include defaulting on your mortgage payments, accruing debt beyond your means or providing a false answer on your SF-86.
Applying for a security clearance should be taken seriously and conducted with care and strategy. Honesty throughout the application and renewal process is key. Oftentimes, failing to hold a security clearance will lead to the loss of one’s job.
We regularly assist federal employees and contractors as well as military personnel in all stages of the security clearance process and have helped hundreds retain their clearances. Many of our lawyers have held security clearances – meaning they understand the process from personal experience.
Our attorneys are available to provide counsel throughout the entire security clearance application, revocation and appeals process, including:
- Pre-Clearance Counseling for SF-86 and DD Form 1879 – Our attorneys can help identify mitigating circumstances, and assist in drafting answers
- Preparation for interrogatories and investigative interviews
- Preparation of response to the Statement of Reasons and Denial Letters
- Requests for Hearings
- Representation at post-denial hearings in front of the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA), Department of Defense, FBI, CIA, DHS, and all federal courts and government agencies, including document and witness preparation
- Preparation and representation throughout further appeals
If you are about to apply for your own security clearance or have recently had your application denied or clearance revoked, our lawyers can provide you with the counsel necessary to obtain and retain not only your clearance – but your job.
To speak with an experienced national security attorney call Julia Kaemerle today at (760) 931-1981.
The type of clearance you can be granted will depend on your position, the agency or company with which you are employed, and the scope of work involved.There are 3 Basic Types of Security Clearances
- Confidential - Foreign employment, immediate relatives and marriages and other personal relationships are screened with scrutiny during the application process. Re-investigated every 15 years
- Secret - Requires a National Agency Check, a Local Agency Check, and a Credit investigation. Bankruptcy and unpaid bills, as well as criminal charges, may disqualify an applicant. Poor financial history is the number-one cause of rejection, and foreign activities and having a criminal record are also common causes for disqualification. Re-investigated every 10 years
- Top Secret - Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) and Special Access Program (SAP). Extensive application process and background check known as a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). Investigators scrutinize dependents, friends, relatives, and any foreign travel or employment. Foreign travel and financial assets investigated deeply. Character references required. Re-investigated every 5 years