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Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA)

The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the largest component of the Defense Legal Services Agency, provides hearings and issues decisions in personnel security clearance cases]. If your security clearance case has been referred to an Administrative Law Judge for a DOHA hearing, we can help. The hearing process will resemble a trial in which evidence is presented on your behalf either by you or your attorney. An attorney for the government will be present to oppose your efforts and to present evidence and argument as to why you should be denied a clearance. Again, a well litigated case may prove persuasive and lead to a favorable decision by the Administrative Judge. If the Judge rules in favor of the government and your clearance is denied, the last step is to make sure to get a full copy of the record and transcripts and fight your case at the appellate level.

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