Q & A Session – Security Clearance and Credit Counseling


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.


I am considering using a credit counseling service to consolidate high interest debt to low interest, but have a security clearance. Will using this service alone jeopardize my security clearance or the ability to certify government funds?


Using a credit counseling service alone will not jeopardize a security clearance. Failing to pay bills on time, assuming too much debt or filing for bankruptcy will cause questions to be raised about whether a clearance should be granted.

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

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