While there are those who say that during the COVID-19 pandemic “we’re all in this together,” the truth of the matter is that some have, or will be having, a substantially more difficult time getting through this period compared with others. Some will have contracted the virus, and of those who do, the impact will vary in severity.

The same is true with the economic and psychological impact the nationwide shutdown has on each one of us. This is something that can directly impact a clearance holder’s or applicant’s ability to maintain or obtain a security clearance.

On March 23, 2020, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) issued a statement concerning this very issue. The director wrote that NCSC is “acutely aware

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