Holding a security clearance is vital for almost every government position. As a result, experiencing a security clearance denial can be one of the worst possible things that can happen for a potential federal applicant.
Likewise, current federal employees who have their security clearance revoked will almost inevitably lose their positions.
Because the stakes of a security clearance denial or revocation are so high, many people wonder whether reapplying for a security clearance is a possibility for them.
Read on to learn more about whether those who have been denied a security clearance can reapply for one. Then consider reaching out to a qualified federal employment attorney to maximize your chances of success.
Can You Reapply After a Security Clearance Denial or Revocation?
Yes. Time heals all things, including security clearance revocations. However, the exact reapplication procedures vary from one agency to another.
In addition, reapplicants must obtain a sponsor before reapplying for a security clearance.
Because sponsors will almost always be a corporation or other business, begin researching companies that might be willing to sponsor you.
Lean on your professional contacts to find potential leads. Make sure that you are flexible with regard to the kind of position that you apply for at the sponsor company.
If necessary, consider applying for an entry-level position just to get “your foot in the door” with a company that can sponsor you.
In the long run, getting a security clearance will be more important to your career than your initial position at your sponsor company.
What to Do Before You Reapply for a Security Clearance
While you wait to reapply, it is critical that you resolve all outstanding issues in your security clearance profile.
Whenever your security clearance is denied or revoked, the team in charge of conducting security clearances investigations—such as the DoD’s Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF)—will state clearly the reasons for their decision.
Maybe the reason for the denial revolves around your finances, past criminal behavior, drug use, or psychological issues.
Whatever the reason, it’s critical that you address that area of your life without delay. If your security clearance was revoked because of your finances, pay down or resolve outstanding debts and reduce your expenses.
If alcohol or drug use was the cause of the denial, enter a rehabilitation program or Alcoholics Anonymous. For personal problems, consider seeing a therapist or psychiatrist.
Taking action now will greatly improve your chances of success.
The Importance of Being Honest
When you reapply for your security clearance, do not forget to be completely honest. One of the most common mistakes made by applicants is downplaying or omitting negative information in their applications.
However, the government does not tolerate dishonesty. Even a little “white lie” can torpedo your reapplication chances, regardless of the strides you have made in addressing the problems of your original application.
Contact an Experienced Federal Employment Lawyer Today
If your back is up against the wall because a federal agency denied or revoked your security clearance, then you need legal representation immediately.
The stakes of a security clearance reapplication are simply too high for you to represent yourself.
Let the Federal Employment Law Office of Aaron D. Wersing, PLLC guide you through the reapplication process, build your case, and help you regain your livelihood.
It is both our privilege and passion to work with people who want to serve their country, so we will do everything possible to help you get your security clearance.
Our firm has decades of experience in employment law, so we know how to help you succeed. Don’t gamble with your future by going it alone.