Experience with Multiple Poly's - TS

Has anyone ever heard of taking 5 polys for a clearance? I am going to take my fifth one in Sept for a IC agency in MD and was wondering if this is a good or bad sign? (contractor position)

Side note: so can you still get cleared even with inconclusive and or failed results?
(Use of Polygraph Countermeasures Results in Clearance Denial - DOHA Dose - ClearanceJobs)
“Security Executive Agent Directive 4 actually outlines that a clearance can’t be denied on the sole basis of a failed polygraph: “No adverse action concerning these guidelines may be taken solely on the basis of polygraph examination technical calls in the absence of adjudicatively significant information.””


Yeah, I’ve heard of it. Can’t say it is a good sign but at least they’re still calling you back.

As far as getting cleared with “inconclusive” results, I personally have not heard of this (everyone I know has always walked out of the poly knowing they either passed or had to come back) but some have reported otherwise.

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I think maybe 1 person had that in the last 3 letter I supported. I have heard of “inconclusives” being cleared in the absence of corroborated info. I’ve seen far more cut loose. Of note, every person swearing they did nothing and could not understand what was wrong…later admitted MJ use when I told them I would help with appeal. The science isnt there to stand alone…but they can generate enough stress on a subject where one isnt truthful. But that is the psychology of getting in your head causing that. Most get denied for the lies trying to cover something up. The coverup is worse than the crime.

I was reading an interview with someone in the security clearance business who was asked if the polygraph works. She said yes, definitely, and specifically mentioned the admissions/disclosures people make once they’re hooked up to the box (or laptop these days). I took this to mean that it isn’t so much the pseudo-science behind polygraphy but the intimidation factor… which polygraphers can use to their advantage.


I think they develop most of their questions based on what you reveal leading up to the “turn on” of the machine. Make no mistake, the entire time you are there…you are evaluated…

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