B. Grant McNutt

As we remember and honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, I thought it fitting to write an article that deals with Security Clearance.

It has been discussed for a long time but now the long-awaited changes to the security clearance process are here. An executive Order (EO) that was signed by President Donald Trump on April 25, 2019 has transferred responsibility for security clearance background investigations from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Department of Defense (DOD) under a new entity called the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).

For security clearance holders and applicants, probably the most important part of this dramatic shift is the change from periodic investigations to continuous investigations of anyone who has a security clearance using artificial intelligence (AI). There are currently over one million clearance holders already enrolled in this “continuous evaluation” system and the government plans on having everyone who has a clearance enrolled in this system in the near future. From my perspective, what that will mean is constant and automatic access to credit reports and public civil data bases so the government can keep tabs on any financial concerns.

I also believe this AI aspect will include up to date monitoring of all criminal databases. As a result, if someone has a security clearance and runs into any type of issue, including financial delinquencies reflected on a credit report or lawsuits filed against them, they must take immediate action to address these problems as soon as they arise. Security clearance holders will not have the luxury of waiting until the next periodic reinvestigation (10 years for a Secret clearance and 5 years for a Top Secret clearance) to try and rectify any problematic situation. This also holds true for any criminal charge that is issued against an individual. I am unsure at this time what, if any, automatic access the government will have as far as getting access to medical records to determine if there are any drug or alcohol problems. If you are experiencing issues with alcohol or drugs and you have a security clearance or are in the process of trying to get one, please visit our Bond and Botes website at www.bondnbotes.com and search for (2) blogs by my Partner, Ronald Sykstus entitled, “Can You Lose Security Clearance Trying to Get Help for Alcohol or Drug Addiction?” and “Security Clearance and Past illegal Drug Usage – What Can You Do?”

Another great blog you can find on our website by Ronald Sykstus is entitled, “Top Ten Security Clearance Issues and Problems that I See in my Law Practice” which is helpful regarding various concerns and issues security clearance holders have regarding a clearance and potential government concerns about the clearance.

Please give us a call and schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation regarding any concerns that you have regarding your clearance. Our goal is to put security clearance issues and concerns that you may have to rest at the earliest and lowest possible level. Also, if you have any financial issues, we can answer all your questions regarding Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, stopping a foreclosure or wage garnishment, avoiding liens, stopping lawsuits, discharging medical debt, personal loans, taxes (federal and state), payday loans, credit card debt, etc. We can alleviate your stress! We want to help and we can help you!

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