Security Clearance Denial

Lying on a Suitability for Employment or Application Screening

Think it’s not a big deal to provide false information on an employment application? Think again.

If you’ve applied for government jobs, even those without security clearance, you’ve filled out some form of suitability determination. Even if you’re not accessing classified information in the scope of your work, the government likes to have some idea of your trustworthiness…and any previous run-ins with drugs, alcohol, firearms and explosives, in particular.

Even if you’re just filling out a job application, lying can pose serious consequences – just ask Terrance Lee King, a Denver man who is facing up to five years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine for lying on a security-badge application for the Denver International Airport.  On a fingerprinting and badging application, King indicated that he had never been convicted of any disqualifying criminal offenses, even though that was clearly not the case.

Investigators have thus far not found any “terrorist motives” – although they have found that King is a pretty big idiot. As this story breaks, King is already serving time in state prison for violating parole on prior convictions for a weapons violation and drug possession, reported Denver’s Channel 7 News.

It’s a good reminder that not all offenses are created equally, and when suitability determinations screen applicants for drug, alcohol and weapons violations, there’s good reason. King’s case seems to be a clear-cut issue of lying to try to get a job, not human error or confusion.

Questions on frequently include whether or not an individual needs to include a specific incident on his or her SF86. And while we rarely advocate for including more information than necessary, if you’ve ever had a run-in with the law, especially one involving weapons, drugs, or alcohol, you’re better to list and mitigate from the get-go than discover months later you were, in fact, arrested that one time in college you barely remember.

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    EVER means EVER on the SF-86….

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    Could not have said it better myself Typingitout!!

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    Also, did anyone else see the news story about the eldery man who worked a Wells Fargo Call Center for the past 7 or so years getting fired for a crime he committed back in 1963? Wells Fargo found out abou tit and terminated him becasue of it even though it happened 49 years ago. Apparently he was at laundry mat with a friend and got bored so he decided to cut dime size cardboard circles out for fun to see if they would work in the washing machines and dryers. A police officer came in an saw him and arrested him. He was charged with operating a coin changing machine by false means. This offense falls under the new FDIC Act that is suppose to weed out guilt of identity theft and mortgage theft. Wells Fargo thought he was a risk and did not want to get fined by the FDIC for keeping this guy employed.

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    But I listed all that stuff during my last investigation, why do I have to do it again? Don’t you guys already have all this? This is a waste of time.

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    I interview people everyday with with Ph.D.’s from Princeton and law degrees from Yale. In just about every interview I get, “I didn’t understand the question so I put down what I thought what you guys were looking for.” Or, “Oh, sorry for not listing that, the question wasn’t clear.” Strangely, I get this stuff from smart military officers who go through this stuff every 5 years.

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    Oversights are a bitch.


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    I leave out everything on my SF 86 that nobody has discovered yet 🙂

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    Really, I do think the “Confront” stuff may be the dumbest thing we have ever done. I’m confused, cause I just ask the question???????

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    Don’t be fooled by the cutting-edge DOS-based technology we use, the method used for these investigations is WWII-era at best.

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    I think my subject may be lying when he told me he couldn’t actually recall the exact dates of his prior investigations. They should definitely deny his clearance.

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    YOU LIE!!!! Your last investigation said you moved from that house in 09/2009, not 08/2009 like you said. Why are you trying to hide those 30 days–NOW tell me the truth. DOHA Result: Subj lied about 1 resi date–clearance denied. Let’s see, does that scenario really matter? NO, so why waste time on this BS.

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    Because if you dont have a zero tolerance policy, the Investigator will field adjudicate.

    I hate it is much as the next guy but I understand it.

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    Yeah, minor discrepant dates would certainly uncover the following:

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    This is nothing new. I personally put out numerous gang members from the service. Unfortunately, the military is just a reflection of society and they can never catch them all before enlisting.

    I don’t believe the picture was meant to be Nazi. If you look back in history that symbol was worn by our military and it did not signify what it is known for now, but I could be wrong. But, the military has all of the same negative issues as the general public, just a smaller scale.

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    These guys are part of groups we point blank ask people about and is asked on the security questionnaire, namely groups designed to overthrow the United States by force. We don’t ask about tattoos. Military recruiters ask the recruits themselves the meaning of their tattoos. Geez, why does LAPD have experts in the gang unit who study all the gang symbols when they can simply ask the “suspected” gang member what they mean?!

    The flag in the photo of the Marine snipers is an SS symbol. And while there were no Marines who fought in Europe in WWII, this is disgraceful to the memory of American fighting men in Europe. Here’s a more credible news source on this photo:

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    I stand corrected–I had not read the intent of their symbols.

    I agree–gang tatoos are not hard to decipher for those of who had been trained. I think if it looks suspicious, treat it as such.

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    Unfortunately I think a lot of these people don’t view themselves as being involved in a group trying to overthrow the United States government, rather in their skewed views they feel as though they are SAVING the United States…

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    Fed Investigator wrote:

    “Because if you dont have a zero tolerance policy, the Investigator will field adjudicate.
    I hate it is much as the next guy but I understand it.”

    If this were really the case than why do we not get SPINs on these issues alone rather than as an ancillary issue to another? Zero tolerance is zero tolerance.

    I’d be begging for those SPINs. I’ll take everyone of ’em from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Still missing me some old-school SPINS. Those really were the days…

    I’m going to spend about 1.5 hours tomorrow getting through JUST the residences and employments of a case I have right now- just fixing the paperwork (based on a review of the paperwork and all the messages on the case). Then I’ll probably spend another 1.5 hours on the numerous issues. I really wish I could just spend the time on the issues. Can’t wait to type that one, either.

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    My guess is that review is better suited to decide what adjudications needs/wants. I’m only speculating but quite frankly, I’ve worked with more than one Investigator that just didn’t seem all that bright, to put it nicely. I assume it’s a protection for Investigators, allowing us to not have to rely on individual, subjective ideas of importance on a case but a more dogmatic approach, based on systematic all or nothing rules.

    Does that make any sense? Im not sure it’s clear to myself, I might have to add some i-notes later.


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    Or is that really a protection for the employers, as they hired basically anyone and train them to standards regardless of whether or not they actually know what they are doing?

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    I taught we’s all brite people.

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    Have a clearance will travel–with or without experience.

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    I is hilee edumacated.

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    I bet the moderators get a good chuckle out of some of the conversations that go on in here. I know I do!

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    Change your name to Chuckles. Both are horrible candies 🙂

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    I would not comment on a one sided story because I have seen worse. I have been in the VA and seen some solders pretty messed up after combat and they think that we have alien encounters or worse they think their family is hurting them.