DoD & Federal Agency Clearances

Understanding the Process

Security clearances can be issued by many federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). These clearances grant individuals and companies authorization needed to access classified information. These clearances are known as Personnel Security Clearances (PCLs) and Facility Security Clearances (FCLs).

The DoD issues more than 80% of all security clearances and, with most other federal agencies, classifies clearances into three levels:

  • Confidential
  • Secret
  • Top Secret

If you require security clearance as part of your employment with a cleared contractor or federal agency, a request for clearance will be sent to the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), the entity responsible for issuing clearances for industrial personnel of behalf of the DoD and other agencies. Your level of clearance will be based on the duties required of your position as determined by your employer.

Depending on the clearance level you are required to have, various types of investigations will be conducted. Your clearance eligibility will be evaluated using a number of guidelines, which may include your personal conduct, financial situation, drug or alcohol use, and others. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) most often conducts these investigations.

How a Security Clearance Attorney Can Help

Our firm's security clearance attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience guiding clients through the clearance process. We are prepared to fully educate you about the ways in which the process works and can provide you with the assistance needed to complete all aspects of your clearance process as efficiently and successfully as possible. We work closely with our clients to better understand their unique situations and work to expedite the completion of all forms and steps. We also prepare you for each step and remain prepared to swiftly address and resolve any complications, disputes, or denials that may arise.

Contact McCormack & McCormack Today

The procedural steps involved in obtaining clearance from the DoD and other federal agencies can be burdensome, convoluted, and obscure to many applicants. At McCormack & McCormack, our legal team is intent on helping our clients overcome these obstacles so that they can quickly obtain the clearance they need. Fully aware that your professional career and future are hinged on our ability to guide you swiftly and safely through the process, we leave no effort behind when helping you toward success.

If you would like more information about DoD and federal agency clearances, or if you wish to discuss your case with a security clearance attorney, contact McCormack & McCormack.

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