Security Clearance Adjudication
Enlisting a Security Clearance Lawyer
For any government or military personnel trying to gain access or work within a field of classified information, you will need to obtain a security clearance. Whether you are still trying to secure this clearance or haven't started the process yet, our firm may be able to help. We work with our clients to provide informative and relevant legal guidance so they can retain the security clearance they need. Our security clearance lawyers are knowledgeable in all regulations and procedures surrounding security clearance law.
Our goal is to offer clients effective legal solutions to their security clearance issues. We pride ourselves on offering efficient legal representation. Our attorneys understand that your security clearance needs are a priority and must be resolved as soon as possible. When you work with McCormack & McCormack, you can rest assured that you will receive personal legal counsel and pertinent solutions for your security clearance concerns.
The Adjudication Process
When a contractor or government agency wants an employee to have further access to classified information, they must submit that person for an investigation before approval can be established. There are specific adjudicative guidelines that have been mandated by the U.S. government which require individuals to be examined before security clearance is granted. This process will be used to determine whether or not you are eligible for the position or official security clearance. An applicant will have a significant portion of his life examined before a decision is made for their approval or not. There are several different types of clearances that individuals may apply for. There are Personnel Security Clearances (PCL), Facility Security Clearances (FCL) or Military Security Clearances. While The Department of Defense Central Clearance Facility issues most clearances for PCLs, they may be issued by several other departments as well, such as Homeland Security.
If the process is fast, it will take an average of 50 to 100 days to complete—potentially longer if complications arise. After your application has been submitted, you will have to wait on the Federal Agency of Security Adjudication Officer to decide if you will be approved or denied. Factors that are considered in your case range from financial responsibility to foreign travel time. You are being examined for several concrete features as well as intangible ones like loyalty, trustworthiness and emotional stability. The Officer will decide whether your military service or employment history reflects a dedication and lifestyle that they can depend on. In past years, the Supreme Court mandated that security clearance agencies be extremely selective, erring more on the side of denials than approvals.
If there are any questions or concerns about an applicant's past or dependability, they will most likely be denied. Due to the difficulty involved in obtaining a security clearance, it is all the more important for you to enlist a security clearance lawyer. An attorney from our firm will offer you sound legal advice and counsel throughout your security clearance adjudication. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to assist you with any level of clearance, no matter how high. We have more than 40 years of combined experience finding legal solutions for clients. Our firm proudly offers confidential support for any client seeking to apply for government security clearances. Contact us today so we can provide you with a free initial consultation with one of our nationwide security clearance lawyers.