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The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the largest component of the Defense Legal Services Agency, provides hearings and issues decisions in personnel security clearance cases for contractor personnel doing classified work for all DoD components and 28 other Federal Agencies and Departments; conducts personal appearance hearings and issues decisions in security clearance cases for DoD civilian employees and military personnel; settles claims for uniformed service pay and allowances, and claims of transportation carriers for amounts deducted from them for loss or damage; conducts hearings and issues decisions in cases filed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) relating to early intervention, special education or related services delivered by the DoD, and addresses claims filed with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under TRICARE/CHAMPUS rules seeking payment for medical services; and functions as the Center for DoD Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management activities within the DoD and as a source of third party neutrals for such activities.

DOHA Toll Free Office Number: 1-866-231-3153

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Email Notice:

All employees of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals have migrated to new email addresses.  If you are trying to contact anyone at DOHA using a email address, it will no longer work.  The new DOHA email addresses all end in If you need to contact anyone at DOHA and do not have their new email address, please write to and your message will be passed along to the right person.

COVID-19 Safety
DOHA has been scheduling personnel security cases for in-person hearings since June of 2020 and DOHA has put in place and maintains safety protocols to protect all participants from the risks of COVID-19.  As before, the actual safety protocols will change based on the latest available information, but participants will be notified of them at the earliest possible point and no later than when a hearing date is established.

Please read this privacy and security notice.

The U.S. Department of Defense is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998.

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