DOS Secret clearance. In July 2018 was “in Adjudication Status” and in January 2019 changed to “Assigned to Adjudication”

Good sign. One normally means it is in the bucket for the adjudication office. The next means “we gave the file to Larry.” I’m being a bit facetious but you get the point. You are now moving.


Congratulations and good luck!

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Hang in there Trey! Chicago double boinked…anything is possible.

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Where or how did you get that status? I am trying not to bother my FSO until Feb. She sounds like a nice lady and I am not the one to ruin this new year for her because of my impatience :wink: Thank you!



Once the file actually gets assigned to an adjudicator, things usually move more quickly. Hopefully the adjudicator doesn’t decide that they need more info and it will only be a couple more weeks.



Thank you…lol

Every month I contact my FSO, keep in touch with her!!

I received this yesterday, any idea of what this means?
“We have information to send you concerning the background investigation for contract employment with the Department of State. However, the information we will send you is Personally Identifiable Information, which is protected and cannot be emailed without your permission.

Most individuals authorize us to use email to expedite the process. If you would like us to email the information to you, you must sign the attached release form. You may scan the attached release form for return as an email attachment or you may send it by facsimile machine.

If you prefer not to have the information emailed, it is requested that you provide a valid and current U.S. address for delivery. Please be advised that if the information is sent this way, a signature will be required upon delivery.

If we do not hear from you immediately, we will send the information to the domestic home address listed on your security questionnaire.

I think this just came up in another forum… anyway I think that’s pretty much self-explanatory, they want to know if it is OK with you to share Personally Identifiable Information (PII) over the internet. Sending PII unencrypted is usually against policy so they need your permission.

They are probably requesting additional information, so hopefully it will be something you can reply to quickly.


I wanted just understand if it was a good or bad thing… thanks!!!

It is a good thing at least insofar as you know that somebody is looking at your file :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


I don’t think that it’s either good or bad although it DOES mean that something is happening.

My guess is that this is a new requirement designed to prevent the release of PII or at least limit the government’s responsibility if the info leaks out.


Don’t be afraid of being “impolite”. The final choice to grant a clearance isn’t based on some emotional response. Just be firm but polite. Remember, you are one of thousands of names on files.

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Thank you! I will keep that in mind. She asked me to give her a call in Feb, which is next week-ish so if I can wait for few months…six days will be ok (who is counting anyways). :slight_smile:
I will definitely share the news come next week.

Best Wishes,


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a question or tow if you would please.
I took the full scope poly last year in July. done by DOD for the dept of state. I am assuming that I cleared and satisfied the BI or they would not of have sent me to the poly correct?
that being said I call my FSO once a month since July 2018 and I am told that I am in adjudication that it is in process. So how do I know if my file has even been assigned to a case worker?
And what is next step after adjudication? seems that I am stuck for the last 6 months in this adjudication holding pattern.
Thank You

Once you move to adjudication you are done with the BI and Poly. At a certain point you are assigned a person in Adjudication. They make a decision if your conduct lives up to the standards.

Well, No news is good news I guess😐.
Submitted in October 2018 DOD-DOS S
“Still in Process Status.” February 2019
And learned that it is being done internally by the client specifically and not OPM.
Now we wait some more.

Best Wishes to everyone and their clearances!


Submitted in October, still waiting? Not surprised. And I think State was impacted by the shutdown.

Sure is, possibly…I have this feeling that my Secret is a special kind of Secret (smiling). I think because of my colorful background-citizen wise, plus I’m always deploying. Eh, time will heal and tell everything. No need for me to worry about things I can’t control.

Thank you,


Hey Amberbunny,

I’m in “Pending Adjudication”…do you have any more information on what this means?

Thanks in advance