Apply to different agency or appeal after clearance denial?

Recently denied a clearance. I won’t go into too much detail but I believe I have enough mitigating factors to successfully appeal / obtain a clearance.

I am considering withdrawing my appeal as this process can take YEARS. I believe I have a fairly good shot at obtaining a clearance from a different sponsoring agency. My fear is that I’d be granted the clearance from the new agency, then lose the appeal of my original clearance denial. This would most likely result in any held clearance being revoked.

Thoughts on this?

I’m not sure the appeals process would take years… unless you are talking about a certain federal agency in the greater McLean VA area :roll_eyes: :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

I have heard numerous cases of people who were denied by Agency A but later got cleared by Agency B. Depends on a lot of factors, mainly if you can mitigate whatever the reason was (or show that it is not a valid reason like you would do via an appeal).

Yep, I’m talking about Langley. Notoriously long appeals process.

I might be better off scrapping the appeal if I am able to be sponsored for a lower level clearance by a non intelligence agency.

I’m convinced the whole “every agency adjudicates using the same criteria” is a crock of ■■■■.

Every agency does use the same criteria… however some agencies may interpret the criteria differently :wink:

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sbussquirrel - thank you for acknowledging that this practice is real.

So many people out there that refuse to believe this is a real phenomenon.