It is estimated that approximately 800,000 people across the country, surely including many living here in Pennsylvania, are affected by the partial government shutdown. These individuals could sustain significant financial issues as a result the longer it goes on. For those with security clearances, it could also jeopardize their livelihood when they attempt to return to work.
It can be difficult for a Pennsylvania resident to know how a particular piece of information about him or her will be perceived. When it comes to obtaining a security clearance, that individual could be left second-guessing every action or potential indiscretion in his or her past. Numerous issues could cause the denial of a clearance, but some appear more often than others.
The simple answer to that question is, yes. When receiving a security clearance, an individual's financial background absolutely plays a role in whether one is granted or denied. However, it is not just what a Pennsylvania resident does prior to receiving a clearance that makes a difference. As a service member or someone else working in a position with access to classified information moves forward, how debt obligations are handled could affect whether he or she gets to keep that clearance.