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Federal employees shouldn’t be at risk of losing or being denied a security clearance due to circumstances related to the Coronavirus, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, of Virginia, has said.

In a letter to OPM and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Warner said that employees may be required to self-quarantine or tend to family members, “which in may cause them miss payments on things like rent, mortgage, credit cards, or other forms of debt.

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“This could impact their credit scores and jeopardize their ability to secure or maintain a clearance or hold a position of trust. The problem is particularly acute for younger workers who lack a long credit history. Psychological strain can naturally accompany such circumstances, exacerbating the situation,” he wrote.

“While I understand that departments and agencies may already have certain discretion to consider broader contextual factors that may affect personnel vetting decisions, I ask you to issue clear and public guidance to ensure that departments and agencies do not penalize employees’ clearances or determinations of trustworthiness due to circumstances associated with COVID-19 This guidance should apply to any information used in an initial clearance, a periodic reinvestigation, or a continuous evaluation/vetting program,” he wrote.

House Bill Would Remove Marijuana as Security Clearance Factor (11/20/2019)

A similar issue came up during the partial shutdown of 2018 – 2019:
Possible Reassurance on Security Clearance Impact of Shutdown

2020 Federal Employees Handbook