The United States government has multiple employment opportunities throughout Tampa, Florida. With nearly a dozen active military installations in Florida and the Tampa Bay area, many positions require more than just a basic background check. At Perry Draper Law, PLLC, we can assist you through the security clearance process.
Beyond government positions, however, more corporations have increased their security clearance requirements. Our team has worked with individuals who work at some of the largest employers in Tampa, Florida, including Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.
Our skilled and experienced staff can work with you throughout the legal process, allowing you to gain the security clearance needed to work in the Tampa Bay area. For many individuals, part of their employment conditions is making sure that they maintain their security clearance on an annual basis.
What is Security Clearance?
According to the U.S. State Department, security clearance gives you eligibility to access classified information, but is only granted to those who have an appropriate personnel background investigation completed. If this type of background check is going to be completed for the corporate sector, it will be just as thoroughly done, but will also include any areas that are specific to the company’s criteria.
How Does the Process Work?
You will receive a conditional offer of employment and at that point, a Standard Form 86, which is a Questionnaire for National Security Positions, along with any other required forms will need to be completed. Those forms become the basis of the security package and the investigation into your background will begin.
Depending on whether your position is with the government or military related, you may also have to interview with an investigator from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The information that is part of your security package will be reviewed and verified for accuracy. The results will be weighed against existing adjudicative guidelines for security clearances.
What is a Statement of Reasons?
After your background investigation and evaluation is completed, you may receive a denial of security clearance, along with a Statement of Reasons (SOR). This document outlines the reasons that your security clearance is being denied by the government. It can also be used for a security clearance revocation or security clearance suspension.
We can assist you throughout the process of responding to the SOR and requesting an appeal for further review. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff can help you to address your SOR to receive or maintain your necessary security clearance.