Unqualified Resignations (UQR) for U.S. Army Reserve AMEDD officers – The Way Out Just Became More Difficult.

From discussions this past week with knowledgeable sources, the Army Reserve broadly has decided to give UQR requests greater scrutiny than at any time within the past twenty four to thirty six months.  Simply put, the difficulty navigating the many tiers and layers of an AMEDD officer’s local unit, APMC, APMC’s higher headquarters, then USARC and/or HRC for any given resignation request, has just ramped up appreciably.

If you are a Reserve medical corps asset — a doctor, physician or health care provider generally who has – or has completed – a STRAP or HPLRP obligation, and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to discharge your military service obligations successfully, please consider contacting me for a consult and further discussion about the UQR process.  There remains a way out; but more than ever, it’s important to bring on a seasoned professional to analyze, craft and then guide your Unqualified Resignation request through the bureaucratic maze.     

Please call at your convenience for a complete, confidential and complimentary consultation.  Additionally, we have a number of former AMEDD clients who are more than happy to discuss their experiences with our firm. 

Very respectfully,  Bill Meili   COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Office:  214 363-1828;  Cell: 214 536-3888;  Email: info@meililaw.com;

Website: http://www.meililaw.com     


Recent Activity — UQRs — Unqualified Resignations — Federal Debt Reduction Process Through DFAS — GOMOR Defense

Back again with a quick snapshot of some recent activity:

1. A former Naval officer (medical student) seeking to have all or part of a recoupment of educational funds order/debt overturned or negotiated through a compromise offer process. Two weeks ago, DFAS approved our compromise offer, effectively cutting the client’s 10 year old federal debt in half and then some;

2. Army medical officer (obligated) seeking an Unqualified Resignation; As of 31 July 2014 this action has received initial approval;

3. Army medical officer (non-obligated) seeking an Unqualified Resignation; As of 31 July 2014, this action has also received initial approval;

4. Army officer (Adjutant General) fighting a potentail career ending General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand and promotion passover; As of 31 July 2014, still awaiting word from DASEB – Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board;

5. Air Force Officer fighting a potential career ending Inspector General report of investigation; We’re preparing the appeal for submission to the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records;

6. Former Army Officer (Nurse Corps) fighting a misconduct separation, and seeking to have that less than honorable discharge changed to an honorable, medical retirement ; and …. Ongoing prep for an appeal to the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB);

August is here.   Everyone connected with the firm appreciates your continued support.

Respectfully, Bill Meili, COL (R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law


Security Clearance Defense to an LOI and SOR — More Good News

Yesterday, I received the following note from an officer client. His eligibility to receive a clearance was reinstated recently — and his career remains intact and moving forward. Could not be happier with the result. If you need a hand with this type of work, I’d be privileged to help. Just give me a call or shoot an email. v/r Bill 214 363-1828 Office; info@meililaw.com
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I had problems regaining a security clearance after the lapsing of my original clearance, so I needed help convincing the authorities that there was no risk in re-granting the clearance. The inability to secure the clearance threatened my livelihood and put my 20+ year successful military career in jeopardy. I desperately needed an expert in the law that surrounds security clearances. Choosing a lawyer is a harrowing experience and I spent several days making enquiries with multiple law offices, including one which had successfully represented me in another matter, before I came to find Mr. Meili after extensive online research.

I reached out to Bill and found that he and his team were immediately responsive, intuitively sensitive to the nature of the situation and able to convince me that teaming up with Bill would lead to a successful outcome. His forthright manner and easy way with people gave me great confidence that I had made the right decision in choosing him as my advocate.

He immediately worked me into his schedule and after our first meeting was able to quickly analyze the situation and develop a focused and ultimately effective strategy to address the adjudicator’s concerns in a manner far beyond what I would have been able to do on my own. Bill’s strategy and methodology greatly expanded my responses so that they personalized the package and told the whole story rather than the narrow narrative presented in the original investigation. He supervised the construction of a response package that conformed to my own sense of what was needed, but also went places that I would not have considered. He crafted a response that was truly a knockout. We brought overwhelming force of logic to the case and, in my opinion, made it easy for the adjudicator to find in my favor.

Without his help and guidance I would not have been anywhere near as prepared to make a proper — and ultimately successful — run at regaining my clearance, in order to continue service to the country.
KR

Related Tags: Security Clearances – Security Clearance Defense – Response to Statement of Reasons (SOR) and Response to Letter of Intent (LOI), Eligibility to Handle Sensitive, Classified Information, Secret, Top Secret SSI


Unqualified Resignation for a Grateful Probationary Officer

Always good to receive thanks for cases worked and results achieved. The below came in recently from a client who gets to start a new life and direction shortly.

If I can help you, or someone in your circle, navigate the military bureaucracy to expedite and help ensure a successful resignation and honorable discharge, call or email me at your convenience. It’s a privilege to serve. Office: 214 363-1828; info@meililaw.com
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June 2014

Honor, courage, commitment, and, most importantly, integrity, are four words used to describe the expected attributes of a United States Sailor. I can remember training staff repeatedly defining integrity as, “doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.”

Immediately following training, I arrived to the fleet. I was excited and never felt like a greater patriot serving alongside people who received equal training and who I believed shared the same passion for serving others. At least training had lead me to believe this. Unfortunately, my expectations of what the Naval Fleet would be led to great disappointment when everything I hoped for was ripped from my hands. Only months after entering the fleet, I witnessed behavior in the ranks that was negligent and unethical, no matter what moral compass one uses. Quickly, I became the only witness for an investigation that would lead to numerous, varying charges. And then, almost immediately, I became an outsider in my command: shunned, ostracized, and considered an enemy for doing what is right and correct, and expected – according to Naval training. My life became lonely and darkness was closing-in.

I feared that legal action would be taken against me. My nights became turmoil instead of rest. I began praying for a way out. The reality was that my future in the Navy was bleak. My days were growing ever darker and my desperate longing to serve people needed revival. After doing an internet search, I came across http://www.meililaw.com mixed in among numerous Navy regulations and instructions. The website was not listed on the first page, but it was there, and it was the only attorney, so I visited the website. I immediately sent an email to the address listed on the site. Next, I prayed that whoever opened the email would have a heart to listen because the information I provided was vague. The next business day, I received a reply with an offer for a telephone call. The telephone call changed the course of things from darkness to a glimmer of hope. As Bill Meili joined my team, the glimmers of hope brightened. After several weeks of reconnaissance, Mr. Meili made a move on my behalf, and instantly, hope became strong. Of course, in our journey there were many dark and difficult days, but working with Mr. Meili reinforced hope in the next day and the destiny I was pursuing. Today, as I separate from the United States Navy, with an Honorable discharge and full benefits, I can honestly say that finding Mr. Meili that day on the Internet was a miracle. Moreover, because of Mr. Meili, I received TAD orders away from my command, my Skipper and XO became allies, and Personnel Command heard my voice through those who speak louder.

I end with a simple statement. Thank you. Bill Meili became the vehicle for me to reach my destiny, and for justice to prevail in my case. If any service member or professional ever asked if Meili Law could help them, without hesitation, I would say “yes, no matter what the cost.”

TR


Security Clearance Defense — A Good News Update

Updating the topic below on Security Clearance Defense. If and when you receive an LOI and SOR (Letter of Intent and Statement of Reasons), give us a call. We have a proven track record and can help save your clearance, position and career. As a matter of fact, we received word this morning that an aviator client’s eligibility to access confidential information — pulled by DoD pending our response to his SOR — was reinstated. This first class professional now gets to continue his distinguished career unabated.

Yours respectfully, Bill Meili

Dallas Office: 214 363-1828

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DoD revamps security clearance policies
Changes based on probes into Navy Yard shooting

By Andrew Tilghman atilghman@militarytimes.com

Security failures that were part­ly to blame for the Washington Na­vy
Yard shooting last year have led the Pentagon to overhaul the way
background checks are conducted, and possibly shrink the massive roster
of 3.5 million people who hold active security clearances.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced several policy changes March 18
as he unveiled the results of investigations into the shooting that
killed 12 people inside a re­stricted- access Navy building.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was a contractor and former sailor who held a
security clearance despite “a pattern of misconduct and disturb­ing
behavior,” investigators said.
Alexis was granted a security clearance “even though he never needed it
while on active duty with the Navy. This eligibility, valid for 10 years,
allowed him to later gain employment at a [Defense Depart­ment]
contracting firm” at the Na­vy Yard, according to an outside review of
the shooting incident.

Hagel said DoD may reduce the number of secret-level security clearances
by at least 10 percent.
The military also will begin “con­tinuous evaluations” of people holding
security clearances, mean­ing background checks will be con­ducted
continually and randomly. Current policy calls for updating background
checks only when the security clearance is up for renew­al, typically
every 10 years.

“This will help trigger an alert if derogatory information becomes
available, for example if someone with a security clearance gets
ar­rested,” Hagel said. DoD also may start conducting its own background
checks instead of letting the civilian Office of Per­sonnel Management
handle those reviews, as it now does, he said.

Security clearances are critically important to many service mem­bers who
would be unable to per­form their day- to-day work without them.
Moreover, clearances are of­ten valid beyond military separa­tion, and
allow veterans to compete for lucrative jobs in the private sec­tor that
require clearances.
But the external review pointed to “a growing culture of
over-classi­fication,” and noted that since 2001, the number of
individual se­curity clearances approved each year by DoD has tripled.
The review recommended that background checks should exam­ine applicants’
social media ac­counts; such accounts currently are not considered in the
process.

Background checks also should have more complete access to
law­enforcement databases that in­clude arrest records. Today’s checks
often only screen for convic­tions, the report said. Background checks
also should include reviews of applicants’ fi­nancial status, the report
said.

Finally, DoD should consider changing its policy that does not disqualify
applicants for “omis­sion, concealment, or falsification of relevant
facts from the person­nel security questionnaire,” ac­cording to the
outside review.

The Sept. 16 shooting highlights DoD’s flawed approach to insider threat
prevention, said Paul Stock­ton, the former assistant secretary of
defense who helped lead the out­side review of the Navy Yard shoot­ing at
Hagel’s request last year.
“For decades, the department has approached security from a pe­rimeter
perspective — if we strengthen the perimeter, build our fences if you
will, against threats on the other side, we’ll be secure,” Stockton said
.
“That approach is outmoded. It’s broken, and the department needs to
replace it. Increasingly, threats — cyber, kinetic, all threats — they
are inside the perimeter. What the Department of Defense should do is
build security from within,” Stockton said.

Hagel announced plans to create a “Defense Department Insider Threat
Management and Analysis Center,” which will help track the policies and
procedures designed to prevent future incidents like the Navy Yard
shooting.


Show Cause Board…. Board of Inquiry (BOI) … Intent to Eliminate …. or Field Board of Inquiry (FBOI).

Show Cause Board…. Elimination Action …. Board of Inquiry (BOI) … Intent to Eliminate …. or Field Board of Inquiry (FBOI) — By whatever name, they all mean essentially one thing: your military career hangs in the balance. With the drawdown and budget cuts taking center stage, letters of Intent to Eliminate and Show Cause Boards (BOIs) are being issued and convened with increasing frequency. And whether the basis of the Show Cause is misconduct, substandard performance, a GOMOR in the AMHRR or a referred OER, you need expert help to navigate the difficult, confusing and emotionally charged weeks and months ahead.

If you’ve received notice of Intent to Eliminate from your GOSCA (General Officer Show Cause Authority), or from Human Resources Command (HRC) — please give my office a call at your earliest convenience. The sooner I engage, the better chance we’ll have to craft a winning defense and save your career.

Respectfully, Bill Meili: 214 363-1828 Dallas Office.

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Security Clearance Defense — Answering a Department of Defense (DoD), Consolidated Adjudications Facility LOI or SOR

PROTECTING AND DEFENDING SECURITY CLEARANCES

If you are in the military, a government contractor, or if you are a government civilian, your security clearance is, in all likelihood, a pre-requisite to your career.

Over the past twenty five years, I have represented military service members, government contractors and federal government employees who have had security clearance problems. Most people come to me when their existing security clearance has been suspended, or when they’ve received notifications in the form of a Letter of Intent (LOI), or Statement of Reasons (SOR) that they must show cause why their clearance should not be revoked permanently. In some cases, clients have had their eligibility for access to classified information or employment in sensitive duties suspended, and must defend against a permanent revocation of eligibility to hold a clearance. Regardless of the individual facts, the bottom line in security clearance work is this: If your security clearance is jeopardized in any way, your career is at risk. If you have received a Letter of Intent (LOI) to respond to a proposed suspension of eligibility or access, or if you are having problems anywhere in the process with a clearance suspension, revocation or issuance, please call my office as soon as possible for consultation and review.

Letters of Intent (LOI) and Statement of Reasons (SOR)
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, receiving an LOI or an SOR is actually the military or government’s way of saying, “Please help us.” Tasked with ensuring the integrity of the security clearance process, the relevant agencies will, from time to time, screen individual records and find potential disqualifying information during the course of that screen. When that happens, the agency will usually issue the individual a letter identifying the potential disqualifier. In addition, the letter will ask the individual to respond and “show cause” why the problem is either no longer a problem, or not serious enough to warrant disqualification, suspension and/or revocation. There is a proper and effective way to respond to LOIs and SORs. One of the keys is found in the appropriate regulations which underpin all security clearance work, and specifically in those sections dealing with extenuation and mitigation. The other essential factor is to uncover the real truth behind an individual’s current and past circumstances, and then to be able to tell that story succinctly, credibly and with sufficient proof to satisfy the agency’s adjudicators that the person in question poses no credible threat to national security.

Military Security Clearances
Military deployments almost always require that the service member have a valid security clearance. Without it, he or she will likely be deemed “non-deployable,” which could then carry further implications for possible involuntary separation, and a foreshortened military career. I have helped many service members over the years retain their clearances in a variety of situations. As a result, those individuals have been able to deploy and otherwise extend, grow and continue their careers.

DoD and other Federal Agency Security Clearances
As with security clearance work for those in uniform, defending Department of Defense (DoD), Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) actions generally usually focuses on the following areas of potential disqualification:
• Finances or Financial Difficulties
• Foreign Preference and/or Foreign Influence
• Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse Allegations
• Alleged Criminal Misconduct Generally

While each case is different, it helps to keep in mind what the issuing agency is really concerned about. Regardless of the facts or allegations, the agency’s primary concern is one of trust: someone whose trustworthiness, reliability, judgment and/or loyalty are questioned, poses a risk for continued access to sensitive, classified information. What we do for clients facing a suspension, revocation or non-issuance of a security clearance is similar to what we do for clients whose professional licenses are in jeopardy. We do everything necessary to establish that the client is, in fact, trustworthy, reliable and sufficiently possessed of sound and discerning judgment. By so doing we can argue that the client poses no credible threat to national security, and that the reinstatement of eligibility or lifting of the preliminary suspension is clearly in the best interests of the U.S. Government. Once we reach that plateau, it is usually only a matter of time before the security clearance is issued, or the “flag” or suspension on the clearance is lifted.

Please call my office for comprehensive help and representation with your security clearance issue or problem.

Respectfully, Bill Meili Dallas Office: 214 363-1828


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