Security Clearance Concerns and Handling Protected Information

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By John V. Berry, Esq. & Todd Hull, www.berrylegal.com

Frequently, handling protected information or classified and other sensitive government information can become an issue in security clearance cases for government contractors and federal employees. This article discusses the issues involving Guideline K, Handling Protected Information, which involves security concerns associated with managing and handling protected or sensitive government materials and information that can lead one to lose (or not obtain) a security clearance.

The concerns regarding handling protected information can come up in various ways in the context of a security clearance. However, many federal employees and government contractors retain their security clearances even if they have been alleged to have mishandled protected or otherwise classified information. Notably, under review by a security clearance adjudicator, these types of issues can be mitigated in a number of ways.

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What is a Statement of Reasons (SOR)?

By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

We are often asked what is a Statement of Reasons (SOR) in the context of a security clearance matter.  A SOR is merely the basis for government security concerns about holding a security clearance.  Generally, an SOR lists specific issues of concern under the Adjudicative Guidelines. The concerns listed in an SOR, if left unaddressed, will likely lead to the loss of a security clearance.  We thought that we would provide a sample of what an SOR looks like for a government contractor.

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