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• Alcohol-related incidents at work, such as reporting to work or duty in an intoxicated or impaired condition, or drinking on the job

• Alcohol-related incidents away from work, such as driving while under the influence, fighting, child or spouse abuse, or other criminal incidents related to alcohol use

• Habitual or binge consumption of alcohol to the point of impaired judgment


• Actual or threatened use of force or violence in an effort to change Government policy, prevent Government personnel from performing their assigned duties, or prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights

• Known participation in any organization or group advocating or threatening use of force of violence, as above


• Theft

• Fraud (for example, bribery or solicitation of bribes, misuse of a Government credit card, misuse of leave, fraudulent travel or expense accounting, or tax fraud)

• Pattern of disregard for rules and regulations (in addition to theft and fraud, this includes taking classified information home at night, or driving while intoxicated)

• Spouse or child abuse or neglect

• Attempts to enlist others to participate in illegal or questionable activity


• Use, possession, or acquistion of illegal/illicit substances

• Misuse (use other than as prescribed), inappropriate possession, or inappropriate acquisition of prescription medication


• Living or spending beyond one’s means

• Unexplained affluence (unusually large or lavish purchases) or sudden large sums of cash that may indicate illegal source of income

• Calls at work from creditors

• Bounced or bad checks

• Garnishments, repossessions, unfavorable judgments, or other indications of financial difficulty

• Failure to make child or spousal support payments

• Reckless or compulsive spending, extensive gambling losses, or gambling debt

• Bankruptcy

• Improper handling of official finances or property, including repeated delinquent accountings for advances, and unexplained cash

• Shortages or loss of property, sloppy handling of cash funds, and disregard for financial or property administration regulations


• Pattern of significant change from past behavior, especially relating to increased nervousness or anxiety, unexplained depression, hyperactivity, decline in performance or work habits, deterioration of personal hygiene, increased friction in relationships with co-workers, isolating oneself by rejecting any social interaction

• Expression of bizarre thoughts, perceptions, or expectations

• Pattern of lying and deception of co-workers or supervisors

• Talk of or attempt to harm one’s self

• Argumentative or insulting behavior toward work associates or family to the extent that this has generated workplace discussion or has disrupted the workplace environment

• Exploitation or mistreatment of others through intimidation or abuse of power or position

• Other disruptive workplace behavior that resists supervisory direction or counseling

• Verbal or physical threats toward work associates or family

• Inability to control anger —throwing things, acts of violence

• Stalking-type behavior (such as unwanted following or harassing phone calls)

• Extreme or recurrent statements of bitterness, resentment, vengeance, or disgruntlement that suggest a risk of some illegal or improper action

• Threats or attempts to get even with work associates, acts of vindictiveness


• Unreported personal contacts with personnel from a foreign intelligence service, foreign government, or persons seeking classified, proprietary, or other sensitive information

• Unreported close and continuing contact with a foreign national, including intimate contacts, shared living quarters, or marriage

• Unreported relatives, or unreported contact with relatives, in a foreign country

• Unreported relationship between relative, associate, or person sharing living quarters and any foreign government, foreign intelligence service, criminal or terrorist group, or group advocating disloyalty toward the United States


• Exercising benefits of dual citizenship, including possession and use of a foreign passport or other foreign identity documentation without approval

• A deeply held commitment to helping a foreign country or group that an individual that may show a preference over the U.S. or be tempted to circumvent U.S. policy or security regulations to assist the foreign country or group


• Unauthorized entry into any compartmented computer system

• Unauthorized searching/browsing through classified computer libraries

• Unauthorized modification, destruction, manipulation, or denial of access to information residing on a computer system

• Unauthorized introduction of media into any Government computer system

• Storing or processing classified information on any system not explicitly approved for classified processing

• Attempting to circumvent or defeat security or auditing systems, without prior authorization from the system administrator, other than as part of a legitimate system testing or security research


• Failure to report paid or volunteer work for any U.S. or foreign media, publisher, academic institution, research organization or corporation relating to the topics on which one has access to classified information


• Recurring pattern of poor judgment, irresponsibility, or emotionally unstable behavior

• Deliberate omission or falsification of material information about background when applying for security processing

• Association with persons involved in criminal activity

• Indications subject may succumb to blackmail rather than risk exposure of a personal issue


• Persistent lax security habits despite management counseling (such as discussing classified information on non-secure phone, not properly securing classified information or areas, or working on classified material at home)

• Collecting or storing classified information outside approved facilities

• Revealing of classified information to unauthorized persons, including news media

• Inappropriate, unusual, or excessive interest in classified information outside one’s need-to-know

• Statements or actions that demonstrate an individual believes the security rules do not apply to him/her


• Pattern of self-destructive or high-risk sexual behavior that the individual is unable to stop

• Criminal sexual behavior

If you were denied a security clearance, contact Kenneth M. Roberts, Esq., Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.) at (702) 388-1216 for a free consultation.  

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