One of the most crucial aspects of any clearance investigation is the SF-86 form that all applicants are required to fill out. It is an imposing, 127-page document that covers everything from past living addresses to foreign contacts. Because of the central role it plays in clearance adjudications, the SF-86 is not a form that … Continue reading Jeff Sessions: Key Take-aways from His SF-86
National Security Law & Security Clearances Are Directly Impacting the White House The current issues impacting the Trump White House have brought national security matters, the Intelligence Community, and security clearance adjudications into the spotlight simultaneously. Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC is a law firm specializing in representing the Defense and Intelligence Communities, and we … Continue reading Michael Flynn: What You Need to Know
Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj is quoted in a Newsweek article discussing President Trump’s Tweet about the possible existence of “tapes” of their private conversations. Specifically, Andrew responded to a question about the possibility of then-Director Comey recording private conversations with the President. Andrew is quoted saying: “I’d find it hard to … Continue reading Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj Quoted in a NEWSWEEK Article About President Trump, Director Comey, and the Alleged “Trump Tapes.”
Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj is quoted in a LawNewz article discussing the ramifications of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s SF-86. The SF-86 is the form that federal employees and contractors must complete in order to obtain a security clearance. Andrew discusses the ramifications of Flynn’s failure to disclose his foreign contacts; … Continue reading Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj Quoted in a LawNewz Article About Michael Flynn’s SF-86 and Ongoing Legal Situation
At Compass Rose Legal Group, we handle security clearance cases throughout the Federal Government. Regardless of which Department or Agency we appear before, there is a major common theme running through the adjudication process. Obtaining a successful outcome means mitigating the concerns that the U.S. Government has in an individual’s ability to safeguard classified information. … Continue reading Security Clearance Adjudication – It’s About Mitigation!
Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj and colleague Mark Zaid write a follow-on article with Just Security regarding PPD-19 whistleblower protections. Andrew and Mark are handling multiple clients with PPD-19 appeals, and they have already forged precedent-setting decisions. While not the topic of the article, PPD-19 is the key mechanism by which federal … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Whistleblower Protections Are Getting Stronger
A follow-on article to Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj’s and colleague Mark Zaid’s Op-Ed in Just Security regarding activity within the NSA. Andrew and Mark are handling multiple clients with PPD-19 appeals, and they have already forged precedent-setting decisions. To read this article, please click here: Whistleblower Reinstated in Job in Test Case for NSA and … Continue reading Whistleblower Reinstated in Job in Test Case for NSA and Intelligence Community
Today the firm’s Managing Attorney, Andrew Bakaj, and his colleague, Mark Zaid, had an op-ed published in Just Security about recent events at the National Security Agency (NSA) involving PPD-19, Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information. The investigative program is one that Andrew developed at CIA, which is based on a program he refined … Continue reading Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj and Colleague Mark Zaid Publish an Op-Ed in Just Security Regarding Protections for National Security Whistleblowers
My job as an attorney is to keep my clients out of trouble. I know what can open them up to liability, and I understand what can help mitigate those liabilities. Ethics investigations are not uncommon here in Washington, and I think today’s news surrounding Kellyanne Conway can serve as a reminder to all federal … Continue reading Kellyanne Conway & Today’s Ethics Takeaways: A Clear Example of What Not to Do
On January 26, 2017, ABC News Reported that President Trump issued a memorandum to certain Federal Employees restricting their communication with Congress. If true, this poses a problem for all Federal Employees because communications to Congress and the relevant Congressional Committees are protected communications by law. (see The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Intelligence Community … Continue reading Can the President of the United States be the Subject of a Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation?