The Right Not to Remain Silent: The Importance of Requesting a Hearing at DOHA

Elisabeth M. Baker-Pham, associate with DC employment law firm KCNFKCNF’s Elisabeth Baker-Pham explains why security clearance holders who receive a Statement of Reasons (SOR) should consider requesting a hearing. The article, published on ClearanceJobs, outlines the main reasons why requesting a hearing is, in most cases, important.

While there are always exceptions to the rule, Baker-Pham says, “requesting a hearing doesn’t mean you give up your chance to receive a favorable decision based on your written response to the SOR alone. In some cases, the right sworn statements and other documentation may be enough. Requesting a hearing just means that, should the government need more information, you are making sure you have the chance to give it to them.”

Security clearance holders and applicants can find more information here.