Q & A Session – Loss of Security Clearance During Renewal


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Does someone qualify for discontinued service retirement under FERS if they lose their security clearance and have over 20 years of experience, and are over 50 years old under FERS?


Yes. A loss of a security clearance alone, that is unaccompanied by job-related misconduct, can be a basis for discontinued service retirement if the loss of a security clearance also results in the loss of a federal job.


Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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