By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com
A topic that often comes up in our law firm’s security clearance practice involves the issue of how to best prepare for an upcoming administrative hearing before an administrative judge with the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). While this topic could cover several chapters, I have assembled a few basic tips in the process from our practice in this area of law. DOHA administrative judges make final decisions of security clearances for government contractors and recommended clearance decisions for federal employees.
Keep in mind that it is important to obtain an experienced lawyer familiar with security clearance practice to best assist individuals approaching a DOHA hearing. Counsel can best advise an individual in how to prepare and present their cases in order to give the best possible opportunity for a successful outcome. A successful outcome often means putting in significant preparation ahead of time. This article discusses some basic tips.