I have a really good job with the government
that requires me to have a security clearance, but I’m in debt. Can I file bankruptcy or is there fear with
my security clearance? My name is Ron Drescher. I’m an attorney practicing bankruptcy and
creditors’ rights in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and the good news for people
in your situation is that if you have unresolved debt problems, that’s going to create a bigger
impact on sustaining your security clearance than if you file bankruptcy, which most government
agencies view as an affirmative way for you to address your debt problems. Security clearances are obviously critically
important in a lot of government jobs and independent contractors who work with the
government, but if the government sees that you have unresolved debt problems, there is
a concern that you’ll be compromised by that debt, and you’ll make decisions that are inconsistent
with our national security. That’s why they would rather see you take
care of the debt problems frequently by filing bankruptcy as part of that plan, than by leaving
them unresolved so that you’re subject to compromise. My name is Ron Drescher. I’m an attorney practicing bankruptcy and
creditors’ rights, and if you have a question about how bankruptcy is going to impact your
security clearance, please pick up the phone and call me. I would love to hear from you.