Background Investigators, how long did it take to get approved to work on the OPM contract?


Hi all,

How long did it take you from when you submitted your Eqip to when you were told that you were approved to work on the OPM contract?

I’m currently at 2.5 months since I returned my Eqip. This will be my first job out of grad school so each week without word is really digging into me. I haven’t be notified about interim clearance but I have been scheduled for training starting in September. The BI that interviewed me was nice enough to reply to a desperate email of mine and told me all fieldwork was complete. But I called the NBIB FOIA number a month later and they said that my case was still open. Maybe he just meant their portion of the investigation. Any insights?

I figure there are many in this position, so please share how long it took you to get a favorably adjudicated T5 investigation. For prospective BI in the future, hang in there! One thing I’ll say if that I’m lucky enough to actually get to do this job, I’ll work my ass off trying to get cases done because I know how stressful the wait can be!



I’ll be the first to reply. Interviewed during January and was hired during April. Went to NIT during May.


Submitted in late July, working by early September.


Oh sorry if I was unclear. I mean interviewed for your T5 investigation, not for the job. Did you have an interim or a finalized adjudication when you went to NIT?


Did you start working on an interim adjudication or a finalized adjudication?


I really couldn’t tell you as I was not tracking my clearance status as the process went on and of course they don’t update you. I would imagine that adjudication would need to be obtained before they spend money and time on training.


I started with a final.