You are probably right… my initial clearance process was relatively quick… the requesting agency did its background investigation in house so, it took care of everything from get go. I was delayed for a week or so.
The same couldnt be said with NBIB as the process was cumbersome. It came down to who will pay for the interpreters. The investigator company said “not me.” NBIB said"not me." OPM said “not me.” The requesting agency eventually caved in. During that process, there was a lot of “you should check with X… no, check with Y… no check with Z… you know what, check with X again”.
Eventually, I was willing to pay for it and I had the interview scheduled 31 OCT 2017 only to be rebuffed at the 11th hour by the requesting agency for some unknown reason. I think the third investigator was insistent and persistent, which was why the interview happened.
Nonetheless, I am thinking about asking my congressional representative to look into this… .as I wonder how many Deaf applicants/references are being affected by this… So, I wonder if there are mechanism in place or such as it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Anyway, thanks for the advice.