Saturday, July 3, 2010

Why people get granted/denied Security Clearances

I saw this on metafilter.com and thought I'd share...
Check it out http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/doha/industrial/2010.html

Here are some EPIC examples:  (btw I don't recall having a family member involved in running a pornography website as a question on the EPSQ form...)

Applicant failed to advise his employer and the Government that his wife maintains two pornography websites, which include hardcore pornography. This decision places him in a position to be exploited, coerced or forced to provide classified information. He has not mitigated the government's security concerns. Clearance is denied.

Applicant is 35 years old and employed as a Program Manager and Consultant for a defense contractor. His history of excessive alcohol abuse to the point of intoxication continued off and on from February 2000 until at least December 2005, and resulted in three alcohol related arrests and related misconduct. Since then, the Applicant has significantly reduced his drinking and has had no further encounters with law enforcement. There is sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. Clearance is granted.


Applicant misused his former employer's company van and was involved in an accident while drunk in December 2007. He complied with all subsequent court and alcohol treatment requirements, and demonstrated rehabilitation and mitigation of resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Applicant is 34 years old and employed as an Administrative Assistant by a defense contractor. The Applicant's history of delinquent indebtedness, caused by a separation, divorce, and being a single mother, has been resolved by a good faith effort to resolve her indebtedness. Her deliberate attempt to conceal her financial indebtedness on her 2006 and 2007, security clearance applications has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied.


In 2007, Applicant wrongfully obtained an access badge, which allowed him access to the United States Embassy in Baghdad. He was also aware another person had obtained a similar access badge. Applicant has rebutted or mitigated the government's security concerns under personal conduct. Clearance is granted.


Applicant accumulated a significant amount of debt after he divorced in 2000 and lost personal property in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. To date, he failed to provide evidence that he has taken any steps to resolve or pay his debts, including a 2001 tax lien. He failed to mitigate the security concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is denied.


A former honor student and exemplary teen, Applicant moved from cigarettes to marijuana to other vices between his final high school years and college. He hit his nadir toward the end of college. He struggled to regain his faith and overcome his vices. On February 14, 2008, he quit using drugs. Since then, he has matured, regained his faith, become active in his church, involved in community outreach for troubled youth, mended relationships, excelled at work, and successfully built a strong network of mentors to help him maintain his current spiritual, personal, and professional course. Applicant mitigated drug involvement trustworthiness concerns. He has no intention of ever using drugs again. Eligibility for a trustworthiness determination granted.


Applicant accrued significant delinquent debt between 1998 and 2006 because his live-in girlfriend was forging his checks and running up his credit cards. She has a history of larcenous conduct and they have not been together for over three years. Applicant has paid or resolved all but two of the debts alleged and he is not likely to experience such circumstances in the future. Clearance is granted.

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