Filing Bankruptcy to Save Security Clearance
Someone came to me today and we are filing her bankruptcy tomorrow–we hope to save her security clearance and her job.
This lady had talked to me two years ago, when she first got into financial trouble. But she was persuaded by her friends that filing bankruptcy would cost her job. She struggled but could not fix her financial problems.
Last Friday she was told that her security clearance had been taken away. And that she had no job assignment and would soon have no job. That was the bad news.
But–this is the good news, and the boss really wants to help her–if she files bankruptcy and cleans up her credit, she can reapply for her clearance. They wanted her to do that this week. So we are filing her case tomorrow.
What’s the lesson? This is what I tell everyone who will listen. Filing bankruptcy causes your clearance to be investigated. Being behind on your debts causes your clearance to be revoked. (You cannot be in financial trouble and keep your clearance because you are tempted to sell things that don’t belong to you.) Nobody likes being investigated, but just being told you are out of a job is a lot worse.
This lady is doing something important for our country–and keeping her job is important for her family–so we went all out to get her forms ready to send to the court tomorrow. Hope it works.