I currently hold a TS/SCI security clearance at a civilian federal department of six years. I am currently up for re-investigation and I have concerns about my background being a bar or revocation of my security clearance adjudications. Here are a summary of my charges from the past:
- (Before I joined the government): February 2008, while I was a college student, I had an altercation with my roommate. I went to court on 1st Degree Assault and Battery (Class 1 Misdemeanor) against my roommate, but the charges were dropped and expunged from my record. It was ruled self-defense, and it was as he attacked me first, but he went to court against me.
- January 2012, went to civil court where an ex-girlfriend of mine filed a civil protective order against me. The first hearing the judge granted it, I then appealed. The motion was rescinded in circuit court because it was not enough evidence to show any violence, and I expunged the record. The ex-girlfriend was being vindictive as we had a very sour relationship.
***Upgraded my S clearance to a TS clearance in March 2012. The investigation was aware of the prior incidents before granting me the clearance. ***
- January 2014, went to court on ‘attempted theft’ (common law) and 2nd degree assault (misdemeanor) and was found guilty over a very unfortunate lapse in judgement. Filed an appeal and the attempted theft charge was dropped, but the second degree assault charge was granted a probation before judgement. My 1-year unsupervised probation was completed in 2015 and I still have a year to expunge my record in total. A PBJ means no conviction, but I am aware I must report this anyway, and so I did on the SF-86.
As I am currently up for re-investigation, what are the chances of:
Renewing my TS security clearance;
Receiving suitability at my federal agency;
The last incident that happened three years ago (2014), would that be enough time to be recognized as ‘passage of time’ as I have no other criminal activity after this incident;
Could the 2014 incident be seen as an ‘isolated incident’ given that the person was not anyone I knew previously or currently?;
How will mitigating factors be looked upon?
I will note that since the 2014 incident, I have made major steps to rehabilitate myself professionally, which I would assume are mitigating factors: received job promotions, awards, job training, received my masters degree, received a county award, have done much community service in my area and have good performance evaluations. Could all of this be mitigated and allow me to renew my clearance?