Hiring a Security Clearance Lawyer

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

We typically meet with many federal employees and/or government contractors who are faced with security concerns or potential security concerns in obtaining, retaining or applying for a security clearance. These individuals often ask our attorneys at what point they should retain a security clearance attorney to assist, advise or represent them. This article discusses this topic.

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Security Clearance Issues Regarding Personal Conduct

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

Guideline E of the Adjudicative Guidelines, located in Security Agent Executive Directive 4, is one of the most commonly used guidelines by the government for denying security clearance applications, renewals or upgrades. This guideline covers general misconduct. This article discusses Guideline E Personal Conduct cases in more detail.

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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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