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RESPONDING TO INTERROGATORIES IN THE SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

How to Respond to Interrogatories

The Defense Security Service (DSS) will issue you a security clearance only if a proper investigation has been executed. The reason for this investigation is to determine that granting you security clearance is in indeed the country’s best interest. If specific matters turn out to be unresolved by the investigator, your file gets dispatched to the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), whereby an adjudicator might send you a set of questions they want you to answer. This list of questions is referred to as interrogatories.

Under what circumstances would I receive interrogatories?

Contractors are customarily asked to reply to interrogatories as a formality of the interview process. In a small number of cases, full-time government employees may also get this list of questions. They would need to answer them before they can be granted a security clearance.

Responding to these questions is paramount if you wish to get clearance from the DoD.

How You Should Answer Interrogatories in the Course of the Security Clearance

During the process of investigation, you should know that your entire life is examined like an open book. Investigators will delve deep into your personal, financial and criminal histories to paint a clearer picture of who you are, the content of your character, and to figure out whether or not you are a security risk.

Interrogatories are dispatched as a normal step in the process to further assess your security clearance eligibility when specific factors turn up, such as family members who lives in a foreign country (Foreign Influence), unsettled debts (Financial), past use of drugs (Personal Conduct), and minor convictions (Criminal Conduct).

In your response to interrogatories, it is crucial for you to:

Be Completely Honest

This is the worst time for you to “forget” to mention a questionable detail about your past, nor is it a good idea to mislead investigators in any fashion. For example, if you have a history of drug use in your college days, every occurrence of that drug use, including what drugs you took,where you took them, who you took them with, and other specifics need to be detailed in full or else a red flag could go up if a discrepancy in your account is later revealed.

Bear in mind that security clearance is not your right. Just the fact that you got clearance doesn’t say that it can’t be revoked down the line if a current or past security problem should arise. Examples of this include a past arrest, unreported drug use, and employee misconduct. Telling the full truth on your interrogatory questions and putting your entire past before the DoD is always the best way to go.

Be Clear

Vagueness will just raise red flags that might lead to your clearance being denied or later revoked. For instance, if you have siblings in foreign countries, be crystal clear about your connections and interactions with those relatives so that you successfully put to rest any questions regarding foreign influence. Better you provide more details than less, as the latter tactic will only cause greater scrutiny on your character and history.

Be Thorough

The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that you are qualified for security clearance. In addition to being honest and completely clear about all security clearance issues, you could support your claims by providing documentation, including as bank statements to demonstrate that you are handling your financial difficulties with integrity. The more proof you can furnish, the higher the chances are of you obtaining the security clearance you need.

Enlist Qualified Help

When you are capable of answering their questions fully and honestly, you could get a security clearance without being required to submit to a DOHA hearing.

If your responses are deemed insufficient, and the problems with your application are still not resolved, they will send you a Statement of Reasons (SOR).

These cases are complex.  They call for the services of experienced security clearance attorneys. Security Clearance Law Group can be there for you.  We respond to your interrogatory questions and all other problems that might come along in the investigation process. Contact us right away to review your case.

Give us a Call Today!

RESPONDING TO INTERROGATORIES IN THE SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

 

How to Respond to Interrogatories

The Defense Security Service (DSS) will issue you a security clearance only if a proper investigation has been executed. The reason for this investigation is to determine that granting you security clearance is in indeed the country’s best interest. If specific matters turn out to be unresolved by the investigator, your file gets dispatched to the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), whereby an adjudicator might send you a set of questions they want you to answer. This list of questions is referred to as interrogatories.

 

Under what circumstances would I receive interrogatories?

Contractors are customarily asked to reply to interrogatories as a formality of the interview process. In a small number of cases, full-time government employees may also get this list of questions. They would need to answer them before they can be granted a security clearance.

 

Responding to these questions is paramount if you wish to get clearance from the DoD.

 

How You Should Answer Interrogatories in the Course of the Security Clearance

During the process of investigation, you should know that your entire life is examined like an open book. Investigators will delve deep into your personal, financial and criminal histories to paint a clearer picture of who you are, the content of your character, and to figure out whether or not you are a security risk.

 

Interrogatories are dispatched as a normal step in the process to further assess your security clearance eligibility when specific factors turn up, such as family members who lives in a foreign country (Foreign Influence), unsettled debts (Financial), past use of drugs (Personal Conduct), and minor convictions (Criminal Conduct).

 

In your response to interrogatories, it is crucial for you to:

 

Be Completely Honest

 

This is the worst time for you to “forget” to mention a questionable detail about your past, nor is it a good idea to mislead investigators in any fashion. For example, if you have a history of drug use in your college days, every occurrence of that drug use, including what drugs you took, where you took them, who you took them with, and other specifics need to be detailed in full or else a red flag could go up if a discrepancy in your account is later revealed.

 

Bear in mind that security clearance is not your right. Just the fact that you got clearance doesn’t say that it can’t be revoked down the line if a current or past security problem should arise. Examples of this include a past arrest, unreported drug use, and employee misconduct. Telling the full truth on your interrogatory questions and putting your entire past before the DoD is always the best way to go.

 

Be Clear

 

Vagueness will just raise red flags that might lead to your clearance being denied or later revoked. For instance, if you have siblings in foreign countries, be crystal clear about your connections and interactions with those relatives so that you successfully put to rest any questions regarding foreign influence. Better you provide more details than less, as the latter tactic will only cause greater scrutiny on your character and history.

 

Be Thorough

 

The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that you are qualified for security clearance. In addition to being honest and completely clear about all security clearance issues, you could support your claims by providing documentation, including as bank statements to demonstrate that you are handling your financial difficulties with integrity. The more proof you can furnish, the higher the chances are of you obtaining the security clearance you need.

 

Enlist Qualified Help

 

When you are capable of answering their questions fully and honestly, you could get a security clearance without being required to submit to a DOHA hearing.

 

If your responses are deemed insufficient, and the problems with your application are still not resolved, they will send you a Statement of Reasons (SOR).

 

These cases are complex.  They call for the services of experienced security clearance attorneys. Security Clearance Law Group can be there for you.  We respond to your interrogatory questions and all other problems that might come along in the investigation process. Contact us right away to review your case.

 

Give us a Call Today!

 

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