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Security clearances & background checks

If you have been told by a potential employer that disparaging information was found during a security clearance background check and you have been denied employment or something else, you may be wondering what you can do and what the future holds in store for you. With a more than 98% approval/disapproval rating of security clearances, you may think there is nothing you can do, but this is not true. You have several options and The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson may be able to help. Whether you are applying for a government job, a teaching or coaching position, or any job where looking at classified info in a requirement, it is extremely important that you pass a security clearance background check to be considered for the position. Most people who are denied security clearances fail to take further action after the initial “statement of reasons,” or SOR, is provided to the employer. Challenging that SOR is your only way to have the decision reversed. All clearances, regardless of what level, must follow the same guidelines. Consideration is determinable based on the level of access that is needed and perspective on the person as a whole. This means that your record doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect to get a favorable security clearance. Unfavorable information can be diminished based on a variety of other factors that may have not been initially conceived. That means that what you have done since your “unfavorable act” was committed may have something to do with how you are reconsidered. If you able to show that you have taken the proper steps to fix the “issue” and that you have “learned your lesson,” you may be reconsidered for your background check or security clearance. If you have questions about security clearances and background checks, call Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.

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