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Can I get a federal job with a criminal record?

Having a criminal record does not automatically bar a person from most federal government positions. It does make it harder to get your foot in the door. It can hinder advancement for jobs with higher security clearance. But it should not stop you from applying for federal jobs.

How your finances factor into security clearance decisions

As a federal employee, the government may revoke or deny your security clearance for several reasons. Personal conduct, having a criminal record, lying on your application are all valid reasons for this. However, one of the most common reasons for revoking or denying a security clearance is delinquent debt. During 2015 alone, the Department of Defense denied hundreds of security clearance applications for financial reasons.

Facing a security clearance revocation? Get legal advice quickly

As a federal employee, having and maintaining a security clearance is sometimes a precondition of employment for certain positions. As a result, if you are facing the revocation of your security clearance, you are likely also risk having your employment terminated as well. When faced with the revocation of your security clearance, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

News on Security Clearances: Discrimination and Security Clearances

News on Security Clearances:  On October 31, 2013, Judge Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the latest decision on the long-running matter of Rattigan v. Holder, a case which focuses on the nexus (connection) between discrimination law and security clearances.

News on Security Clearances: Mental Health & Security Clearances

News on Security Clearances:  On April 5, 2013, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper issued new guidance concerning the disclosure of mental health treatment in security clearances applications.  The interim guidance,  issued as part of a press release and later to be added to the text of Standard Form 86 (SF-86) in an upcoming revision, authorizes victims of sexual assault to not disclose that they sought treatment for the psychological effects of the sexual assault.

News on Security Clearances: Furloughs and Security Clearances

News on Security Clearances:  As recently reported in the Washington Post, in preparation for possible civilian furloughs in connection with the present federal budget, elements of both the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Air Force have issued guidance to affected employees on how to avoid problems with their security clearances from the financial effects of furloughs. 

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