After taking a job offer from a defense contractor and after filling out my SF-86 form, I was granted an interim secret clearance. After waiting for a while, I was told the interim clearance was withdrawn. No reason was specified; apparently this is not given for withdrawal of an interim clearance (at least not initially). The information I was given by my company said that this does not mean I will be denied for the full (non interim) secret clearance, as it is still being processed.
I have read it may be possible to use the freedom of information act in order to find out the reason for the interim clearance withdrawl. Is this correct? I figured this might be a good indicator at whether I would need to hire a security clearance lawyer or otherwise start looking for another job. I don’t want to wait until after I am denied and not sure be sure if or how long I would be employed after that.
The clearance was DoD related. I’ve read the two possibilities here are Defense Security Service (DSS) or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). What is the easiest way to determine which is conducting the investigation? I read I need to contact that respective agency if I file a freedom of information act.