Here are my details:
Status: Employed at “big name” government contractor, under the auspices of the Department of Ed. since 2/2019
Clearance: In possession of interim-PIV since 4/2019
Investigator Interview: Completed 8/6/2019
Level: Seeking 6C Public Trust
I’ve no felonies, misdemeanors; I’ve a spotless financial record; no debt, no loans (only a mortgage); no drug use, not even pot, not even CBD, not even once; no arrests; nothing outstanding. No foreign relations; no foreign allegiances. A sterling education record, and my current employer enjoys my talents very, very much.
What I do have, however, is a colorful career. I’ve been gainfully employed; a successful entrepreneur; a successful and not-so successful business owner; a conventional employee; a pawn on Wall Street in the rat race, and so on. And I am 31 years old (I realize this post may make me seem older)
Because, relevant: I am a woman, and I have locked horns with my male superiors in the past, this sometimes results in petty terminations / dissolution of business relationships that just look incredibly colorful on paper.
Much like AWoodhull I have had a series of terminations in the past few years. I have disclosed each and every single one of these with excruciating, exacting, precise detail on my SF85-P form, believing that one cannot overshare enough. (And maybe to illuminate that sometimes it’s hard being a woman in the corporate machine).
I’ll provide a surface over-view for each termination. (I can go into more detail if prompted)
2018 - owner of company offered no other reason in writing other than “managerial decision,” on a whim, on paper. What he said, verbally, however, amounted to just plainly not liking me. And for every reason cited why he fired me, is every reason why my current employer hired me. He didn’t like the words I used; current employer loves the words I use. He didn’t like my scheduling technique; my current employer loves my scheduling technique. He didn’t like my “mediocre” multitasking abilities; my current employer loves my laser focus. He didn’t like that I sounded smart in my emails (yes, really) ; my current employer loves that I sound very smart in my emails.
Sometimes the business chemistry just isn’t there.
According to HR I involuntarily resigned but I am rehireable
2017 - My work from home days were questioned (if one were to overlay my sick days/work from home days over the calendar month they would see a very-obvious pattern emerge, which shouldn’t be all that mystifying) and after a contentious moment with my then-supervisor, I told him to “be more sympathetic toward women,” and was fired on the spot. (HR was there and almost had a conniption). Interestingly HR has me on record as voluntarily resigning and being rehireable.
2014 - I was partner at a medium sized corporation (I created). My partners were my guarantors. We had a handful of people on payroll. There were some grumblings between our employees, contractors, and my partners - missed commission payments; intermittent payments; grudgingly disbursed commissions – nothing, admittedly unusual for Wall Street. Then, my partners started to badger me about their take from our channel partners, and that it should clear directly to them and not our employees/contractors. Needless to say, one thing lead to another, my partners got more aggressive; they punitively slashed my draw by 30%; fired several of my employees, and then they dropped the casual one-liner “It’s not working out anymore.” They voted me out of (my) company. Their corporate lawyer sent my lawyer a notice that I breached fiduciary responsibility blah blah, and hence would not pay me my exit package.
– as I would later find out about 5 months later, one of my former employees had actually sued my partners for missed commission payments, and this suit was on-going silently in the background, until at which point after my exit, it could not be concealed anymore because I was subpoenaed to the bench trial as an expert witness.
Needless to say, I wasn’t going to get my company back. (I was only 23 at the time as well so didn’t want the uphill legal battle… welcome to the corporate world).
So, according to HR I stepped down, and I forfeited my shares.
2012 - My father died unexpectedly while I was working as an employee on Wall Street. My performance took a hit. I had a hard time closing out the remainder of the year with the proper quotas. My grievance leave was denied; my Christmas time was also denied; my performance continued to spiral. My then-supervisor fired me for poor performance; but still retained my services as a contractor (ha) ; then he got fired several months later himself…
then, of all surprises his father died unexpectedly years later - and he would reach out to me to apologize – and we grew from it and became very good friends. And to this day we are very close. Invited to the second wedding close.
He’s my boss, turned peer, turned friend.
In fact, he’s repeated as a reference multiple times on the e-Quip.
I disclosed every last lingering little detail possible in each of my terminations to the point that when my investigator read them aloud he was fascinated, as though reading a book.
I had to illustrate my history a little in order to demonstrate just how colorful and dynamic it was. I have substantial evidence that can corroborate everything I have disclosed, up to and including former coworkers, peers, colleagues and employees; lawyers, memorandum and even public records. So it’s not the candor I fear, so much as the ghosts from my past that can prove hostile against my efforts.
So, suffice to say - as mentioned - I have a very colorful career history. I am wondering if you think - with this primer - I’d be suitable for Public Trust.