What causes a security clearance to be revoked?

There are several reasons why your security authorization may be suspended, denied, or revoked. These include not meeting standards of personal conduct, financial irresponsibility, or having a criminal record. Drug use has always been the most common reason for the revocation or denial of a security authorization. Since the 1980s, the federal government has implemented a policy of “zero tolerance for drug use” in the workplace, despite the legalization of some drugs in several states.

The Office of Defense Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) has resumed its pre-COVID-19 pace in security authorization appeal hearings and has released summaries of 943 cases that were reviewed. As usual, financial issues outnumbered all others combined and caused the majority of denials. Interestingly, the number of cases related to the use of illegal drugs more than doubled compared to last year, and many of the appeals concerned the use of marijuana while a security authorization was available. It's one thing to consume marijuana before obtaining authorization, but using it while in an authorized state is definitely prohibited. Sexual behavior also doubled, and many of the cases involved the viewing of child pornography.

As a military serviceman, you are dependent on having a security clearance to do your job. Under certain conditions, your security authorization can be revoked, which ultimately means that you will no longer be able to do your job. We can represent you at every stage of the security clearance process and will do our best to gather evidence to show that you are worthy of a security clearance. If your security authorization was denied or revoked, the attorneys experienced in denying security authorizations at the Homeland Security law firm today do so.

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