Many thanks in advance for someone who can help. I have worked as a contractor for 20 years and have NEVER had one issue whatsoever, so I feel like I am in uncharted waters.
I was recently terminated from a large contractor where I was an employee for the past four years. I was on a contract that I was not a good fit for, and subsequently was moved off of that project. As the contractor began the process of reassigning me to a different project, I was told that there was an “issue with my clearances.” Apparently a random audit of my time card was performed that were submitted between winter 2014 and winter 2015 where the government found discrepancies between what they believe I worked, and what I actually worked. I was contacted by an investigator in the spring of 2016, and promptly replied. When I met with the investigator, I was asked to explain these differences in the reporting. I answered honestly— from memory, reaching back to a period more than two years earlier— to the best of my ability. My answers mitigated a large portion of the hours, but the investigator asked me to provide additional substantiation from that of my co-workers or others that would prove my whereabouts. I of course complied with the investigator’s request, but my co-workers from that time could not provide information for a time period that was so long ago (nearly 2-1/2 years ago). As an FYI, my explanation for the unaccounted time has to do with badge-in/badge-out procedures, and the unavailability of security officer personnel to provide access when my PIN was not functional. (I do have full explanations for the outstanding discrepancies. For example: My PIN was not functional for entry to a SCIF, and the on-site security officer was not present. On numerous occasions I would have to call a co-worker to let me in the office, thus my badge didn’t capture my time worked in that building.) Upon emailing the investigator with my additional responses, I was told the investigator had everything she needed, and I thought the matter was rectified, since I knew I was telling the truth. (Note: after having met the investigator, I immediately changed my badge-in/badge-out processes to make certain my presence was accounted for at all times during the work day.) However, the government seems to feel that not all of the discrepancies were accounted for, and apparently my clearances are currently in an adjudicated state. Because of that, the contractor I was employed by felt as if they could no longer market me as a cleared person and therefore terminated me. I have never received any previous disciplinary actions of any sort in my 20 years of service; I also do not have any financial or personal issues. I have received awards of merit as well.
Here are my questions:
- How long will it take for my clearances to be adjudicated or cleared up?
- What are the chances they will be adjudicated favorably versus receiving an LOI/SOR?
- If I am to receive an LOI/SOR, how long will it take for me to receive that notification?
- Here’s the big kicker: I applied for uncleared work with a great company. I was offered a job, but was told that since the job would involve work with the Department of Treasury, I would need to obtain an MBI. I am currently going through that process. What are the chances my current “limbo state” of my clearances will impact this job?
Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!