Statement Of Reasons (SOR) Timeline


I have 2 LOIs from 2016, in which I responded to both in the allotted amount of time. The last update I had was from December 2016: “At a higher level review”.

Still no word yet. My JPAS still says: “Pending response from LOI/SOR”…

I have no idea why. I check with my security manager every few weeks for an update… but nothing yet.

Does anyone know if this is a good/bad thing? Is this the usual timeline?


I’m not sure the exact process following a SOR/LOI, is there supposed to be a hearing? From reading case files sometimes it takes 6 months to a year for that hearing to be setup.


You can request a hearing with DOHA if DODCAF actually revokes your clearance, once they’ve made the decisions from the initial LOI(s)/SOR(s), and your responses to those.

I’m still waiting on the a yay or nay from DODCAF after submitting my response to my LOI(s) last July… then I can go the hearing route through DODCAF (if they actually revoke my clearance), if I wanted to.


Oh ok, I understand now. Can’t believe it is taking that long to hear something after your response. That must be agonizing!


It would be a relief just to know a determination, good or bad at this point… good luck to you!


Yes exactly, this is a painful process. I actually just was contacted by the Adjudicator from DOHA that is reviewing my SOR. They are asking for payment info from my accounts, so hopefully i can get this resolved. Good luck to you as well sir.


I just wanted to pass along to anyone following, I got my clearance yesterday! I filled out a statement of reasons, and requested a decision based on the written record. I had a very detailed response with a letter of recommendation and they removed the SOR and granted my clearance. 24 months from the day i submitted my E-qip. All praise goes to God, he kept me focused and on the right track. Good luck to you all!


Thanks for updating us!


Happy Sunday!! How long did it take after you sent your response to an SOR. Thanks.


Once I submitted my written response, i was contacted by an adjudicator 2 and half weeks later. Worked with the adjudicator for a week, submitting extra documents showing I was taking care of financial debt. Clearance was granted 4 weeks after SOR received.


Thank you for replying quickly. I have been waiting 6 weeks. I hope its not a case of the longer it takes the worse it is.


You have already submitted your written response and its been 6 weeks? Did you request a decision based on the written record or request a hearing?


Based on written records. I had debt listed on my SOR. I admitted to it and said there were no excuses. I paid all of the debt off except for student loan which I am currently in forbearance from May to January 2018. I also stated I was living beyond my means and I had put myself on a budget now and currently have savings due to my budget. I provided copies of all the receipts as well as bank transactions for every debt I paid.


That’s exactly what I did. Your situation doesn’t seem much different from mine. Hopefully they will go ahead and approve you soon, keep us updated.


I actually just looked over my email chain and it was 30 days from when I received SOR that the adjudicator first contacted me. It was about 41 days when I got final clearance after receiving SOR.


Thank you for taking time to reply. I will let you know the outcome.


Hello I’m about to submit my SOR on Monday due to unpaid debt. I’ve contacted all the reported debt, have receipts, and now I need to work on my response. I’m not sure what to put in it. Can someone help me out? Kinda desperate. Also, I have unpaid driving tickets that I’m not able to pay off at the moment. What should
I include in my SOR packet to show I’m working to pay them off but have no actual proof of any kind of installment or payment arrangement plan?


Tanya - The key is to be short and to the point, but explain yourself where necessary. Make the form look professional, your name and address in the upper corner, paragraphs broken down into sections explaining each point in the SOR. Admit to the debt if it is accurate, explain your payment plan to payoff and shortly explain why you incurred this debt and didn’t pay it off in a timely fashion. Attach any paperwork that supports those payments. If you don’t have paperwork from the credit company but have been making payments, attach copies of bank statements with the deductions being shown. If you have not started making any payments, explain why and what you plan to do in the future to take care of this debt.


Ok thank you for that info. Very helpful. I do have another dilemma. I have several unpaid driving tickets that was also reported in the SOR. I’m not able to pay them all by Monday because the amount equals to over $1000. Any suggestions on what to submit to the SOR regarding these tickets?


Contact the court and enter into a payment plan in writing and start by making an initial payment, However, you should also address the root cause of WHY you have all these citations as it speaks to your failure to obey rules and regulations.