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Talk to an attorney who practices in federal employment law if you were turned down for employment, promotion or security clearance (or if your security clearance is being revoked) based on something that arose in a background check.
More service members could be at risk of losing their security clearances if they don’t keep on top of their finances, because of changes in rules for the security clearance process, according to advocates.
The policy authorized federal investigators charged with background checks to use publicly available social media information in the security clearance process.
Many investigators were already mining candidates' social media accounts (Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Snapchat, dating sites, etc.) for potential security threats.
Best practice is to stay away from: It is also advisable to change your privacy settings to "friends and family only" and to not accept new friend requests from people who don't know.
You may need to ask friends to take down unflattering pictures or to stop tagging you in posts.
“This new process might impact your Do D security clearance and prevent you from being deemed ‘deployable,’ which could greatly impact your military career unless you can prove to Do D that you were the victim of identity theft, fraud or a mistake, and that you’re currently living within your means and are making a good-faith effort to resolve your unpaid debts,” stated a recent blog from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In the private sector, human resource experts encourage job hunters to tame down or scale back their social media accounts.
Much of what is shared with friends and family is visible to current and prospective employers.
Under the previous system, service members and other individuals had more time to address financial issues after they arose, said Anthony Kuhn, an attorney with Tully Rinckey PLLC, who has extensive experience helping service members navigate problems involving security clearance suspensions and revocations.
Kuhn noted that there were well over 2,000 appeals related to security clearances heard by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals in 2017, and of the 13 adjudicative guidelines for security clearances, financial considerations alone accounted for more than 50 percent of the cases heard.