By John V. Berry, Esq.,www.berrylegal.com
We often meet with federal employees and government contractors facing security concerns or potential security concerns in obtaining or applying for a security clearance. They often ask our attorneys at what point they should retain a security clearance attorney to assist, advise or represent them.
The quick answer is that an individual with potential security issues should consult with experienced security clearance counsel as soon as possible. In our experience, the earlier that an individual with potential security concerns consults with a knowledgeable security clearance lawyer, the better the chances to avert a negative outcome. We also find that it is less expensive to address a problem early before it gets more difficult to defend or respond to.