I’ve been watching this thread since 7 months prior to submitting my SF-86, so now that I finally am done, I figured I’d share my timeline to help out others. Note, I did have multiple things on my SF-86 that you could consider negatives (expunged arrests, past marijuana usage). So if you have some things you’re putting down that may delay, but probably won’t deny the clearance, mine may be more accurate for you.
Interim denied: 11/2017
Contacted senator first time: 2/2018
Friends interviewed: 3/2018, 4/2018, 5/2018
Investigator followed up with more questions: 5/2018
Went into adjudication: late 6/2018
Granted: late 7/2018
A couple additional notes:
During March and April I called to follow up with the senator’s office about every 3 weeks.
During May, June, and July, I was calling every week to week and a half.
Total days end to end was 414, total days for adjudication was 31
The senators office is very helpful for speeding up opm/nbib and updating you on where you’re at in the process. The only movement I saw was always the Monday following contacting the senator the previous week.
The senators office cannot speed up DoD during adjudication.
The senators office can (and did) find out the clearance is granted faster than your FSO and allow you to push the FSO on it and get it (functionally speaking) faster
Mine was for secret, working in industry
My state is smaller than most, so the senators office may have had more resources to devote per person (having as many resources as every other state, the largest ones included). I contacted both senators and my representative. One senator was more effective than the other but both were effective. My representative was not at all (less resources I assume).
Good luck to those that are waiting! To me, it felt good to know I was having an impact on speeding it up, even if it was slow. Plus, if everyone reading this forum contacts their senators, they’re gonna be getting A LOT of communication that this process is messed up. And hopefully that can do something to improve the process down the road.