Are You Experiencing Security Clearance Processing Delays?

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.

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Let me know if that works!

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I’m still waiting for secret with a very clean background.

Early May 2016: SF86 submitted
September 2016: Interim Secret

Nothing has happened since then, not even an interview. At this point I am actively looking for employment elsewhere, I shouldn’t have waited this long and I’m sure as hell not doing it again.

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Dear Dan:

I absolutely understand the frustration. You might consider writing a letter to one of your members of Congress–after waiting a year, I sent in a letter and was finally interviewed about two months later. I honestly have no idea if the letter made a difference, but it might have and it certainly didn’t hurt. If nothing else it can give you a sense of DOING something.

Hey all, Merry Christmas for those celebrating. I too am experiencing delays with my secret clearance and was hoping to get a few questions answered about the process. My investigation was started mid march 2017, and I didn’t get any updates until I emailed my security officer in October and found out my interim had been denied (should have spent more time writing mitigating factors). Does the interim process run in tandem with the full review? Or does the full review start only when the interim has been decided?

no it doesn’t/ I heard some people get their secret clearance denied and still received their clearance.

I have had a similar experience. I speak Mandarin and some of my friends only speak Mandarin. its a pain and a lot of red tape. Just endure to the end. LOL that’s the best advice I can tell you! By the way you are lucky to even be contacted by an investigator. I submitted my SF86 back in March as well. 12/26/2017 is when I made an initial contact with my first investigator.

Certainly, it sucks. I hope this will change down the road for the sake of non-English speaker applicants/references. Anyway, you are right, I am certainly lucky to be contacted this quick. I wonder if prior clearance and the agency play a factor.

Anyway, good luck with your interview.

Are these the people that you used as references on your SF-86? That may not have been the best choice . . .

No but in my foreign section I had to list some of my friends.

Well everyone my journey has ended. After being denied an SSBI at dhs for smoking mj once I was approved last night to work for OPM with an SSBI. I got the email from my FSO that I was good to go with my training date. This was the quickest processing I think I have seen on this website. My Background was expedited and NBIB was quick and responsive the entire process getting me cleared within a month and a half. I want to thank everyone that was on the struggle bus with me and helped me fill out my 2 equips. It’s been a hell of a ride. Good luck to the rest of you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here is my process timeline, take in account that my investigation was “expedited” and I am relatively young. 3 years out of college age.

Submitted Eqip: 11/20/17
Subject Interview 12/7/17 (Agents aggressively called and had in person interviews with 10 contacts within the 2 weeks after.)

Silence during Holidays

1/2/18: FSO emailed me that I was cleared and to confirm training dates.

CACI process for Investigations Case Reviewer.


So, they do work during the holidays. :slight_smile: Congrats!


Quick question guys, any tips or advice about going to the interview with the investigator? I have mind in 2 days and I’m more nervous than concerned. This is my first time getting a clearance and maybe it’s just nerves.

8/10 sf86 submitted
12/18 contacted by NBIB
1/3 neighbors and parents interviewed
1/5 interview with investigator.

That’s probably right :worried:

The only thing I can think of is that since there is a possibility the investigator might ask you to dig up some additional details that you may not have access to during the interview, have a pen and paper handy so you can write it down and make sure you get the right info

But dont be disappointed if they don’t ask for anything

I would also say that you might want to bring any documentation that you have for explanations that you put on your SF86. Review your form before you go and see what you might need to explain or be asked about. The more prepared you are the better.

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Thank you for the tip! I’ll definitely bring a notepad just in case. I was told by security officer the investigator wants to close out the case so hopefully they won’t need anything.

Here are my suggestions along with comments:

  1. Print a copy of your SF-86 and review it (yep, line by line, word for word). If you did not save it when you submitted it, you can get it from your security office or eQIP. You can also get it from OPM/NBIB via Privacy Act request, but it is doubtful that they will provide it to you by tomorrow. Have this copy will be a PLUS.

  2. Print and review a copy of your credit report. Even if you have a perfect credit score or such, print it. You are legally entitled to a credit report on annual basis (you can find it via Google). If there are delinquent debts (those that are 60 days past due or sent to collections), you might want to take care of those IMMEDIATELY. In that case, get documentation of payment plans.

  3. Print and review a copy of any court dispositions in areas where you live AND work including civil and traffic courts. You can find this information by going to the court’s webpage.

Those are the three items I would advise you. Additionally, if you disclose any “adverse” or unfavorable information such as bankruptcy, tax penalties, domestic violence, etc… You might want to bring as much documentation as possible include your own writing of what happened.

Be prepared to offer those documentation to the investigator more than once. Come prepared. I believe that investigators LOVE it when subject comes prepared for the interview.

Finally, relax… it is not an inquisition. Good luck!

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