Security Clearance Law Group offers nationwide assistance with responses to SORs and LOIs. If you have issues with your Statement of Reasons or Letter of Intent, our qualified lawyers will help you navigate this difficult process and give you peace of mind as you wait for a potentially favorable decision.
The Process for Responding to SORs and LOIs
If your security clearance has been suspended, denied or revoked, the government will issue you a Statement of Reasons, which outlines the basis for their decision.
You must respond to the SOR or LOI within a certain time frame. In most cases, you have fifteen calendar days from the point of the decision to request a hearing with an Administrative Judge. Failure to respond in a timely manner can cause you to forfeit your rights to the security clearance appeals process.
This means that the moment you receive your SOR or LOI, you should call us. Our attorneys will act quickly to request an appeal hearing and defend against your suspension, revocation, or denial.
Have You Been Denied Security Clearance?
Whether you have been denied during the application process or your security clearance was suspended or revoked, you have a right to know why.
Here are some reasons why you may have issues with your application:
- 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
Allegiance to the United States: The government may feel that your security clearance may be compromised because of your allegiance to a foreign influence.
Conduct Unbecoming: Your security clearance may have been denied or revoked because of sexual behavior, personal conduct issues, criminal conduct, and misuse of IT systems.
Drugs & Alcohol Consumption: The government or agency might feel that you’re not in the proper state of mind due to one or more addictions. These addictions could be to street drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
Psychological Conditions: The agency may feel that you are affected by one or more mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder.
Mishandling Protected Information: The government might deem you ineligible to receive security clearance because you can’t be trusted with important documents and information. This may be the case if you have an incident where it’s deemed that you mishandled or mismanaged protected information or documents.
Whether the information on your SOR/LOI is true or untrue, it’s up to you to fight against your denial or revocation. One option is to go this process alone, but that can lead to expensive and timely mistakes.
When time is of the essence, it’s important to work with experts who know the appeals process and how to reverse the decision to help you obtain security clearance. You can also click here to read our post regarding “Statement Of Reasons” guidelines.
Exercise Your Rights and Call an Experienced Lawyer
If you have been denied security clearance during the application process to a federal or other agency, this is not the end of the road. You have rights. You also have options. Call the Security Clearance Law Group today to discuss the specifics of your case.
All consultations are completely confidential and your attorney will work quickly to ensure you respond to SORs and LOIs efficiently to potentially reverse the denial decision.