Hi everyone, I know my question is similar to others on here, but I know it also helps others who may be browsing the Internet and looking for answers.
I accepted a job offer with a DoS contract at the beginning of June 2018 which requires a secret clearance. They told me I could begin working if I received an interim clearance. Today I called the FSO at my contract, and she let me know that my clearance status is “Eligibility Pending,” which I know means denied, but she was adamant to tell me that this does not necessarily mean I’ve been denied an interim. I also have a relative who is an investigator who told me the same thing. But I’m choosing to believe it’s the end of the road for my interim, even though both of them insist I could still get one.
Anyway, the FSO then said that I will either get that mystery interim, OR I will have to wait until my final clearance is granted. She mentioned that my investigation has not been opened yet.
My question is: is the investigation basically a “start-from-scratch” deal? Meaning that there will be new people doing this investigation and that it won’t possibly be shortened, time-wise, since I was getting looked at for an interim first?
I’ve had two secret-level clearances in the past. The first one took about 6 months, and the second about 4.
I know there’s a crazy backlong of clearances, but there always seems to be, so…I’m just trying to get a feel of how long I’ll have to wait. My current employer is accepting resumes for my position, so I want to know if I should tell them to stop for the moment. (it’s a nonprofit, they can do that.)