Cong. Inquiry example?

Hi all,
The posts on here have been such a huge help. I’ve noticed several users have mentioned in other posts that they’ve sent congressional inquiries to their senator or representative. Does anyone have an example, advice, or possibly even a redacted version they wouldn’t mind sharing? I need to send one this week and thought it’d be best to ask those of you that have already successfully sent one as a starting point. Any / all help is extremely appreciated

Here’s mine:

To whom it concerns,

On 12/20/2017, I submitted my SF-86 form for a TS/SCI security clearance. My background investigation was completed in 2018. I have contacted my POC several times, but they are unable to tell me anything besides “actively processing.” It has now been more than 1,000 days since I submitted the required paperwork and my active processing began.

On 6/4/2020, I sought assistance from Senator Durbin’s office, but his staff received no reply.

I am asking a member of Senator Duckworth’s staff to inquire as to the current status of my application: specifically whether it has been adjudicated.

It is more than 3 years since I completed the required forms, and this prolonged waiting period with no feedback has negatively impacted my spouse’s and my ability to pursue career and personal opportunities due to the uncertainty of the situation. The security clearance backlog is not just a beltway or DC issue; it affects Americans doing national security and STEM work in every congressional district.

Your attention is appreciated.

My detailed timeline is:

12/4/2017: conditional offer of employment

12/20/2017: SF-86 submitted

4/2/2018: Interview with investigator

2/29/2020: SF-86-C submitted to update information from original SF-86, due to extended active processing time

11/14/2020: Full SF-86 (re)submitted, due to extended active processing time since the initial submission

and sorry to disappoint, but here was the result:

Dear Senator ABCD,

USG AGENCY provides all applicants with a contact number for status updates on their application process that they may use at any time… For security reasons, USG AGENCY declines to confirm the status of an applicant by name in unclassified correspondence.

Did you ever hear any updates on this? I’ve seen a number of people fill out SF-86Cs, but this is the first I’m hearing of someone having to resubmit the entire SF-86.

Hopefully you won’t have to sit for the poly/medical/psych again?

Had to meet with new set of investigators for subject interviews, references and neighbors reinterviewed. I fear another poly is in my future

Be prepared for another poly medical and psychological round along with “actively being processed” update after 6 months assuming you clear the Poly.

My gut feeling is people like is for more than 3 years into the process are being put on waiting list due to lack of billets , as soon as there is a relevant opening we should get a all clear …

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Yikes… @ArseneWenger, this doesn’t give me any hope for where I am in the process if restarting from scratch is an ever-present possibility.

My hope is that things will pick up again soon with the vaccine becoming more ubiquitous.

You will get polyed again. After passing my poly my case finally went into eval stage 2 after 2 years of waiting. Then, earlier this year I got, “resubmit sf-86 and other paperwork because of the length in time”. Last month I got, “Waiting for poly schedule”. This no joke, Ive had so so many talented co-workers get fed up and leave for private industry that there is no way these processing times aren’t hurting national security. Heartbreaking. (Edit: Im a contractor BTW)

It’s insane. Probably not hurting national security at all though, the sheer volume of applicants ensures there is no lack of qualified talent. The skewed view is because most people come to this site only when they have issues so we only get to see the people that are taking a long time making their way through the process.

This is insane. So was it 2 years from COE to SF-86 resubmission? Or 2 years from poly?

I sometimes wonder if I should have gone the contractor route because at least you have a security POC to advocate for you. Are you currently trying to switch from green to blue?

2 years from Poly. To make a long story short I went from a contract with one IC to another contract with a different IC. I only had an interim TS when I went to the second so they put me in a single track: as a contractor it is the lower priority in the queue of those waiting to get cleared to the TS/SCI/FSP. I got my full TS in 2018 and passed my poly late that same year. Crickets for two years.


Fall 2020=> I find out my case has moved on to Eval Stage 2.
Jan 2021=> “we need you to resubmit SF 86 because it’s been so long” (submitted SF86 in 2017).
Feb 2021=> “we need to poly you again”.

The POC you mention, in essence the FSO, can only do so much. They can inquire and mine does monthly, but very limited in what they can do.

To answer your other question Im not trying to switch to blue.

Anyhow, my experience as a contractor in the single track is mirrored by many other individuals who are in the same situation I am: waiting for ever lol. I read of a person on this forum who went almost FOUR years from poly to final adjudication, yes, you guessed it: also single track.

I can only speak about my experience as a contractor and seeing a lot of really smart people leave because they’ve had it. I am hopeful that that is the case and there is a vast sea of talented candidates to replace them; but the thing is that every single person that leaves is one less resource that helps protect our nation.

You are right in that what we read in the forum is skewed. But many of us are not skewing because we have issues with the clearance but because we find ourselves in a single track instead of a dual track. As a contractor in the single track you are the lowest priority no matter how clean your record is and it is literally years of waiting just to move from one stage of the eval to another - at least with this particular IC.