What are some of the reasons a person might face losing a security clearance?
There are probably a half a dozen you know, primary reasons why folks lose their clearance. They boil down to financial problems, past financial problems, or a big ticket item in this area. If you have problems with a criminal record. That's probably one of the top two or three areas that need to be looked at.
And then quite frankly, somebody that's got an issue with drugs or alcohol. Maybe there was dependence at some point in that person's life. Maybe there was abuse. Maybe now there's a recovery or has been recovery going on.
But if any one of those three areas - finances, background, criminal background, or drugs and alcohol are in a person's history, then they're going to have some issues that are going to come up on a check for that security clearance.
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