Deliberate Falsification on Security Clearance Application Results in Denial
In a recent Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) case the original decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to deny the applicant a security clearance was upheld by the board. This particular case involved Guidelines J (Criminal Conduct) and E (Personal Conduct). The applicant had a history of serious criminal conduct that involved unlawful wounding, stalking, DUI, probation violations, assault, and destruction of property. However, the DUI was the latest criminal offense that he had been convicted of and it occurred over 6 years ago. Had there been no other more recent issues in the case then the criminal conduct it could have been mitigated by time and rehabilitation.
Unfortunately for the applicant, it was discovered that he deliberately lied on the forms for a prior investigation completed for a Public Trust position in 2010, and did so again on the more recent security clearance application. The applicant failed to disclose all of his criminal history as was required. The board determined that his numerous falsifications precluded a finding that he had demonstrated rehabilitation. The board also noted there was evidence showing that he did not attempt to correct his falsifications until he was confronted with them in the statement of reasons issued by the DoD.
The Moral of the Story
What is the moral of this story you ask? Be truthful and honest in answering all questions on government forms and you will have a better chance of overcoming any issues that may be of concern. In today’s security clearance environment deliberately concealing information or exhibiting a lack of candor is an issue taken very seriously and is hard to mitigate.