Q & A Session – Security Clearance and Retirement


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.


My top secret security clearance was revoked due to financial issues from an old business debt that turned into a lawsuit and was subsequently dropped and withdrawn. The debt still technically exists but they just can’t sue for the $80,000. Everything else, including my car and mortgage payments, are current. I disclosed the debt in the process but I was still denied. Do I have any appeal chances? Is my retirement planned for next year also a loss?


You are entitled to due process, and there are strict time limits and several steps in the process. You should explain your situation as part of that process and include documentation. If, at the end of the process, your clearance is denied, there is little to no other recourse.

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

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

1 Comment

  1. Good news, clearance was approved after much explanation and paperwork!
    Due diligence and referral letters certainly helped.
    There is still hope for this country yet!

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