Top DoD cyber official promoted while in jail for 2nd DUI, allowed to keep top secret clearance

A whistle-blower attempting to curtail corruption within the military has exposed a disturbing culture within the Defense Information Systems Agency- one that allows an individual to maintain a top secret clearance and a GS-15 level position, despite spending over a month in jail for driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Lisa Belt, the acting director of DISA’s Cyber Development Directorate, reportedly got away with two DUIs and a hit-and-run, serving only thirty-seven days in jail for the crime and keeping her position within the agency. She was convicted and sentenced on February 13, 2019,

According to, not only was Belt promoted while she was still serving her jail sentence, she was allowed to keep her top secret clearance.

“In their infinite wisdom, the so-called leaders at DISA decided ‘not’ to recommend revocation or suspension of Lisa’s Top Secret- Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) security clearance, despite her multiple brushes with the law,” the whistleblower wrote.

“Lisa Belt was convicted of driving under the influence for the second time and fleeing the scene of an accident. All she got was thirty-seven days in jail.”

Naturally, an illness such as alcoholism can put national secrets at risk.

“Foreign agents always look for people with high-security clearances who grapple with personal demons such as drinking, drugs, gambling, sex, money shortages, etc.,” the author of the damning report.

Despite fleeing the scene of an accident and driving under the influence for a second time (which in Virginia, could put a person in jail from 10 days to a year), the author of the report believes that Belt received special treatment from law enforcement and her superiors at DISA.

“For whatever reason, [Belt] was treated pretty darn well by the civilian law enforcement constabulary, considering it was her second DUI which included a hit-and-run charge,” the author wrote. “Fleeing the scene of an accident should have been a major aggravating factor resulting in more than just seven extra days in jail. That’s a joke.”

The report states that Belt continues to serve “in a sensitive, key leadership position at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Fort Meade, MD.” At the time of the sentencing, she was the (Acting) Director of the Cyber Development Directorate in the Development and Business Center at DISA.

The DISA is directed by Vice Admiral Nancy Norton of the US Navy.

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