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What to do when your security clearance is revoked?

by | Feb 27, 2023 | Federal employment

As a federal government contractor, a security clearance allows you to access classified information. Contractors who wish to offer the U.S. Department of State (DoS) services on-site, accessing networks, data and sensitive documents should have a security clearance of the highest level. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will determine whether you qualify for a facility security clearance (FCL). 

Having a security clearance can help you grow your career as you can take part in major government projects. However, your clearance can be revoked for different reasons, including financial issues and personal conduct.  

Here is what you should do if this happens:

Understand your case

The revocation of security clearance can be stressful, as it can affect your career goals. However, it will be best to relax and learn more about your case instead of constantly reaching out to the respective team to reverse the decision.

When the Department of Defense (DoD) or another involved facility revokes your security license, you will receive a notice stating the reasons for the revocation and the opportunity to respond. Go through the reasons given to understand them.

Appeal the decision

You don’t need to accept the revocation decision and go on with your life – you can appeal it. The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) handles appeals for contractors. You can request a hearing with a DOHA administrative judge to provide relevant information, defending your case. You may also be allowed to cross-examine witnesses.

If the judge maintains the revocation decision, you can appeal the decision to the Appeal board. The board will review your case file and then give the final decision, ending the appeal process.

Appealing a revocation decision is possible but can be challenging. It will help to get the necessary knowledge and experience to preserve your security clearance.