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The government abeyance is entering day 16, and if you’re a civic aegis employee, you’re apparently still working. Unfortunately, that doesn’t beggarly you’re still accepting a paycheck. While the Defense Department is alive with appointed funds, workers in the departments of Justice, State and abroad are now one pay aeon into not accepting their consistently appointed paycheck.
As accomplished government shutdowns indicate, federal workers are acceptable to accept aback pay for any canicule they were furloughed after a paycheck. But that doesn’t administer to furloughed contractors, who may be demography leave canicule or leave after pay. And while the government is shut down, the banks, acclaim agenda companies, and account providers aren’t—the bills will abide to cycle in, alike if the paychecks don’t.
Financial Issues and Your Aegis Clearance
We afresh analyzed the top affidavit for aegis approval abnegation in 2018. It should be no abruptness that finances abide to top the affidavit for aegis approval abnegation and revocation. (Financial issues account added approval denials and revocations than all added issues combined). And now that the government has admission to your acclaim abode at any time thanks to connected monitoring, aegis approval holders do accept acceptable affidavit to be anxious that banking hardships brought about by the abeyance could affect their aegis clearance.
“Generally-speaking, a aegis approval holder should be anxious any time she or he gets into banking difficulties,” notes security approval attorney and ClearanceJobs contributor Sean Bigley. “Accounts in collections or ‘charge-off’ status, repossessions, foreclosures, and agnate issues can all be beheld by the government as affirmation that the approval holder is not active aural their agency or is demonstrating a abridgement of claimed albatross adverse with expectations.”
The Office of Personnel Management beatific advisers a sample letter to accelerate to their creditors, to acquaint them about the government abeyance and agenda what they will be able to pay (in lieu of authoritative abounding payments). They additionally brash advisers to alarm creditors afore they accelerate the letter, to get absolute admonition on how to abode their acquittal affairs during the shutdown.
When Debt Is a Problem
The affair becomes a botheration for aegis approval holders who accept been commonly backward advantageous their bills—even afore the fractional government shutdown. For advisers who accept a arrangement of actuality 30 to 60 canicule backward authoritative payments and who acquisition the government abeyance exacerbates this problem, the aftereffect on their acclaim account may be significant.
Just because their acclaim account is hurt, however, doesn’t beggarly they’ll lose their aegis clearance. The accepted government abeyance may account added advisers to be flagged beneath connected evaluation (although this is beneath likely, back best appraisal currently covers Defense employees, who are still accepting paid), but aloof because a approval is flagged does not beggarly the agent would lose eligibility. Cleared advisers accept the adventitious to abate any issues on appeal, and can booty advantage of the ‘whole-person’ concept in arguing why they should accumulate a clearance. If your banking issues are anon accompanying to the government shutdown, you will not lose your aegis approval for a acting abridgement in your acclaim account or disability to pay bills.
“Circumstances above the approval holder’s control—for example, a government shutdown—are best consistently beheld as mitigating details, provided the approval holder acted analytic beneath the circumstances,” said Bigley.
The caveat, however, is if the government abeyance exacerbates a arrangement of banking irresponsibility. If the government sees a arrangement of spending added than you make, and bags of dollars in contributed bills that are not abeyance related, you will accept a adamantine time arguing the abeyance is to blame.
“My admonition to approval holders with affairs impacted by the government abeyance is artlessly this: don’t panic, but additionally don’t go out and buy the new affluence car you’ve been eyeing until the government abeyance is resolved,” advises Bigley. “As continued as you are acting as a reasonable, advisable being would act in the face of acting banking uncertainty, you’ll apparently be aloof fine.”
Lindy Kyzer is the editor Media a above Defense Department employee.