AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance
As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance.
With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and cyber theaters, leaders want the civilian force to know the steps to take if financial hardships are incurred during the current furloughs.
“If you find yourself in a situation where financial problems or significant debt are a concern to you, it is best to let the chain of command know early and enable them to help you work through the problem,” said Maj. Neil Whelden, Security and Special Programs oversight officer.
If a financial issue is caught early, Air Force teammates are in place to help, Whelden said.
According to The White House’s Information Security Oversight Office, there are conditions that could mitigate security concerns.
Those include “…conditions that resulted in the financial problem were largely beyond the person’s control (e.g. loss of employment, a business downturn, unexpected medical emergency, or a death, divorce or separation), and the individual acted responsibly under the circumstances,” according to the memorandum titled Adjudicative Guidelines.
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