Clearance Cases Before Intelligence Agencies

By John V. Berry, Esq.,

Our firm represents security clearance holders and applicants before federal intelligence agencies, governed by Intelligence Community Directive 703 and Intelligence Community Policy Guidance 704.2 such as the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligency Agency (CIA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and others.

Distinctions between Intelligence Agencies

It is important to be aware of the various distinctions between intelligence agencies regarding the differing appeals processes.  We are versed in the different procedures put forth by intelligence agencies regarding security clearance appeals. For instance, the CIA usually provides for a personal appearance at the first step of the clearance appeals procedure, but the NSA provides the personal appearance at the second step of the clearance procedure.

Other distinctions between these intelligence agencies exist for purposes of adjudicating security clearance matters.  For instance, some intelligence agencies place more weight on certain adjudicative guidelines, than others.  It is important to understand the differences.


If your security clearance is held by the intelligence community and you are in need of assistance in the security clearance appeals process, please contact our office at (703) 668-0070 or through our contact page to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook at

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