Regardless of your own company’s size or net worth, we can take legal action on your behalf if your company’s contracts are suspended, if your company is debarred, or if a security clearance is revoked. Suspension, debarment, and security clearance revocation can bring a quick halt to your company’s profits, so keep your business strong and healthy with advice and representation from our experienced team of attorneys at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig.
WHEN YOU MUST APPEAL
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents civilians as well as military personnel who have had a national security clearance revoked or denied. If you receive a notice that the government is revoking or denying a security clearance, you must contact an experienced security clearance attorney immediately. You have only a short amount of time to pursue a security clearance appeal. A security clearance may be revoked or denied for a number of reasons. For example, while there’s no objection to having dual citizenship or foreign acquaintances, the government will nevertheless investigate an employee’s financial and personal relationships with parties beyond the United States.
Speaking frankly, anyone seeking to obtain or keep a security clearance will need to submit to some potentially uncomfortable personal scrutiny during a security clearance investigation. Many of us have at least a friend or two overseas – those friendships may be questioned. Almost everyone has debt too, but when someone requests a security clearance, the government looks at the reason for the debt, the amounts, and the record of payments. Several overdue payments, a foreclosure, or even a vehicle repossession might result in a security clearance denial or revocation. Anyone who has used drugs in the past must be honest about it, and that drug use genuinely must be in the past. Any current illegal drug use will almost certainly result in a security clearance revocation.
WE WORK FOR YOU
If your employee is denied security clearance by the government, and if that security clearance denial means that your company is unable to work on projects for the government, retain aggressive legal help at once by speaking with an experienced Washington D.C. security clearance denial attorney at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. In today’s highly-charged political climate, obtaining a security clearance can be a challenging task, but an experienced security clearance lawyer can help. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s knowledge and experience can help most clients overcome the challenges of a security clearance investigation quickly and effectively. Our security clearance lawyers have a remarkable record of success in handling even the most complicated security clearance denial cases.
REASONS FOR DENIAL
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents both military and civilian employees who have been denied a national security clearance. If you receive a notice that the government is denying your security clearance, act at once. You have limited time to respond to a security clearance denial. A security clearance may be denied for a number of reasons:
- Drug Use: It is imperative for employees to be thoroughly honest about past drug use. Any illegal drug use by anyone holding a security clearance puts that clearance at risk.
- Debt: Almost everyone holds some kind of debt, but when you apply for a security clearance, the government scrutinizes the cause and amount of your debt as well as your payment history. Large credit card debt, late car payments, or a foreclosure will jeopardize your ability to obtain a security clearance.
- Gambling: A gambling addiction in any form will be investigated. While moderate gambling is socially acceptable, gambling beyond one’s means and compulsive gambling are grounds for security clearance denial.
- Foreign contacts: While having foreign acquaintances or dual citizenship are not necessarily grounds for denial, investigators will examine your relationships, both personal and financial, with parties outside the United States.
Many small and mid-sized companies count on government contracts. For example, take Hal’s clothing company. Hal’s company has operated for years primarily on government contracts that call for manufacturing uniforms for government agencies. Hal was quite surprised when he recently received a letter informing him that his company’s government contracts had been suspended and that his company may face debarment. Hal was quite concerned because the letter he received cited fraudulent invoices as the reason for the suspension. Hal is confused because he doesn’t know what invoices the government is questioning. He is also nervous because he knows that suspension and debarment are serious problems that require immediate attention and aggressive legal representation. Without the privilege of working on government contracts, Hal’s company could quickly cease to exist, so a swift legal response is imperative. Hal is also worried because he’s heard that criminal charges are often filed when the government accuses a company of something that results in suspension or debarment.
Hal immediately contacted our contract suspension and debarment attorneys at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig provides high-quality client service to Hal and our other clients, and that service is backed by years of hands-on legal experience, specifically in the government contracts arena. Our lawyers have prosecutorial, military, and government experience. Our attorneys have handled all aspects of government contract matters in addition to both prosecuting and defending those accused of government contract-related violations.
Our attorneys know what’s required. We help clients like Hal fight the suspension of their government contracts and we also help our clients challenge debarment and the revocation of security clearances. When contractors like Hal receive a suspension or debarment letter, that letter provides an opportunity to respond before the government’s suspension and debarment official, or SDO makes a final decision. Hal did the right thing by asking our attorneys at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig to respond on his behalf. After considering our answer, the SDO may decide to take no action if he or she believes that Hal’s company should not be debarred.
If the SDO needs further information before making a decision, he or she has the option to send Hal a request for information letter or a show cause letter. Hal may also find it in his best interest to request an in-person hearing at which he will need capable and competent representation. Thanks to our legal team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. Following a favorable finding after an in-person hearing, Hal’s company is now able to keep its government contract for uniforms.
We Help You Meet The Challenges
Acquiring a government security clearance for a facility or for an individual employee can sometimes be challenging. It is imperative to have knowledgeable legal counsel and experienced representation when dealing with any security clearance matter. The standard of evidence required to deny a clearance is much lower than the standard in a criminal prosecution and even lower than the standard in a civil case. And even when granted a security clearance, there’s no guarantee it can be held indefinitely, but the legal team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig will advocate aggressively on behalf of our government contractor-clients when revocation threatens a security clearance. We will obtain the best possible resolution to your security clearance matter.