Long story short - got a TS clearance about 10 years ago, shortly later obtained a SCI which
utilized successfully on two different contracts for several years. I took another job and then the nightmare of ‘Loss of Jurisdiction’ began, where I had to end up submitting two more SF86s over the next 6 years while waiting for news. Every six months I’d email the FSO: Any news? Nothing.
I was fully employed with unclass work, though, so basically I was just waiting for the clearance and then SCI to be able to do higher level work for our agency. It didn’t effect me financially, just emotionally as we all know.
Late last year, I finally got back my collateral TS, and within a few months the agency I work with became desperate for certain skills that I have, so they scheduled me for a CI poly which is required for the SCI.
In the past two months, I’ve had three poly sessions with two different examiners. The first was awful, and I refused to do a second with her. They scheduled me for a different examiner a month later - 2nd session seemed fine, but they wanted me back for a third with the same guy who seemed okay. Again. in the 3rd session, towards the end, the examiner just appeared to have had enough of the poly tools, and instead unhooked me and began to demand I admit to something as my charts just didn’t appear normal to him. Again I refused to admit I was cheating, or that I’d read about the various tricks one can use, etc. - all of which is true.
I am pretty sure I failed, but haven’t heard anything concrete except the agency has ‘no need for a 4th exam’, lol.
Believe me if you want - or don’t as I could care less - I did not ‘cheat’ using counter measures, and it was a CI poly so I didn’t even consider holding back information that may have shown up as a lie as the questions were about sabotaging government systems, terrorism, taking money for classified information, etc. I’m American by birth, have no family or friends overseas, and have never traveled anywhere out of the ordinary. I’ve never been fired or reprimanded for anything, especially related to classified data, in the decade I’ve been employed in the industry.
But apparently I’m in good company as the polygraphs aren’t very accurate except to get people to admit to things they’re holding back.
After the years of ‘loss of jurisdiction’, then waiting for adjudications that take years, and now finally this, I’m getting to the point where I’m about to just say f*** this industry and DC itself, I’m out. I could get paid more in the private industry with actual bonuses and equity - the typical belt way contractors pay what the government will allow which hasn’t kept pace for a few years, even with clearances.
Furthermore, I’m exhausted of the DC / Northern Virginia area. I’ve never felt comfortable buying a house here because I’m always waiting in perpetual suspense for some clearance to be adjudicated or now, for it to be taken away and leave me unable to get a job anywhere else as I’m sure I’ll be considered tainted. Regardless, houses here are now so overpriced I don’t even want to buy one. Traffic is absurd, more tolls every year, way too many people, etc.
I enjoy working for the DOD. I’ve turned down offers from the tech giants in Seattle and SV who pay double what I make here because defense contracting is a much more casual atmosphere which I consider more important than more money. People take their vacations, leave early on Fridays, don’t fret about being 30 minutes late cause of wrecks on the beltway, etc. Way better than the typical tech industry workplace where all the 25 year olds are competing to work more hours cause they think they’re going to be the next Google if they just work another weekend.
Any advice appreciated. Or comments. Just very depressed right now and exhausted of this whole BS game.