Q & A Session: Finance Management & Security Clearances



Can my finance management affect my security clearance?


One of the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information, Guideline F, is based on financial considerations. A short sale can have a negative impact on your FICO score. Thus, a short sale could be a factor in a security clearance adjudication, but does not necessarily mean you will lose your clearance. It depends on other factors, including a pattern of financial irresponsibility and avoidance of financial responsibilities. You should seek advice from an attorney and your security officer.

This response is written by Maria N. Coleman, associate attorney of Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a federal employment law firm.

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About Author

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.


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