Responding to SOR/LOI
Once your background investigation is complete the government may make an initial determination to deny or revoke your clearance and issue you a SOR outlining the basis for their decision. You have limited time to respond to the SOR or LOI. In most cases, the Agency requires you to respond and request an Administrative Hearing within 20 days of receiving the SOR. Failure to do so will cause you to forfeit your right to appeal.
There are many reasons the government can deny or revoke security clearance including:
- Allegiance to the United States
- Foreign Influence
- Sexual Behavior
- Personal Conduct
- Financial Considerations
- Alcohol Consumption
- Drug Involvement
- Psychological Conditions
- Criminal Conduct
- Mishandling Protected Information
- Outside Activities–Involvement with a Foreign Government
- Misuse of Information Technology Systems
It is imperative that you understand your rights and challenge the allegations made against and that you do so timely and properly. This is your last opportunity to attempt to refute or mitigate the government’s concerns without the need of a hearing. When going through this process, it is important to have a skilled, professional security clearance attorney by your side. Not only will your attorney assist you with the preparation of your response, but he or she will also help guide you through the process of meeting with the Administrative Judge.
Don’t assume that it’s the end of the road for you if your security clearance has been denied. There are options available to you. Contact the Security Clearance Law Group today to discuss your security clearance – don’t wait! Time is of the essence.
You can also click here to read our post regarding “Statement Of Reasons” guidelines.