6 White House Staffers Fired for Failing Security Clearance Background Checks

Thursday, Six White House staffers were fired after failing FBI background checks relating to security clearance.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Those affected had failed the SF86, a Questionnaire for National Security Positions used to determine whether a government employee is eligible for a security clearance. The test takes into consideration a person's credit score, substance use, and various personal subjects.

According to Politico, only one of the staffers has been named--director of scheduling, Caroline Wiles, the daughter of Trump's Florida campaign manager, Susan Wiles.

Wiles allegedly resigned Friday, likely knowing she wouldn't pass the SF86. "Two sources close to Wiles said she will get another job in Treasury," reports Politico.

Multiple outlets report that some of the staffers were escorted from White House property by security.

According to William Loveridge of Clearance Jobs, the SF86 (eQIP) is a lengthy and dense security check:

Honesty is always the best policy. In cases involving employment suitability determinations, there is not always a personal interview to allow the individual to discuss variances between the answers provided on the eQIP and information developed during the investigation. 

For instance, if the individual answered “no” to all the questions regarding credit issues, but his credit report showed a history of delinquent debts or payments, there may not be an opportunity for the individual to clarify or correct the record. In most cases where a government security clearance is required, a personal interview will be conducted to give the individual the opportunity to provide additional information.

The White House has yet to respond to any inquiries regarding the SF86, and the staffers who were dismissed after allegedly failing it. Unless more information is provided, any further reporting would be purely speculative.

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