My manager found out yesterday that the FSO (who has no prior experience as an FSO) unilaterally decided not to activate my Secret clearance in JPAS. She was told to “do it.” This will be the 3rd attempt in 7 months the level 3 has been attempted and the FSO Organization within the company always seems to be the one dropping the ball–primarily this woman.
Her excuse this time was that since I was denied an interim secret, and I have an approved level 1, if the secret were denied, I would lose my level one 1 as well. Now, I also find out that OPM isn’t doing the clearances, some background investigation agency has taken that over that role and I can expect it to take at least 18 months rather than 7-12. The good news is that my position doesn’t require a level 3, the not so good news is that I’m surrounded by a level 3 environment, I even have to ring the Fed Ex delivery bell to be let into the building every morning, My CAC won’t let me in the building and will not allow me to use the .mil NIPR network–quite unusual for this post as a CAC will normally allow both.
My “crime” for not getting a interim I’m guessing is a DUI auto accident I had 15 years ago. Understood. What I do not understand is why the FSO takes it upon herself to be my judge and jury and the last 7 months are wasted because of her. Everyone around me who knows the story says I should not be concerned. In the end, it will work out. However, I also found out today that the government is moving the contract under another PEO organization starting tomorrow and life may, or may not, change for me here. My job security is uncertain without a clearance if for no other reason than I’m the odd person out. I’m a CPA in the job-poor Midwest, not a tech geek, and over 65–in the “get rid of” zone. I have kids at home, this concerns me.
I believe the secret will be adjudicated in my favor if I last that long with the PEO re-org going on, what I don’t know is will the results of the level 3 investigation impact my existing level 1 clearance? I’m hearing scary stories about nits being used these days to deny a clearance that were never an issue in the past. (A person diagnosed with depression, but never took depression meds was denied a clearance. A person who took depression meds for anxiety was denied a clearance. Those sorts of stories.)
Will a level 3 outcome affect my level 1? Thanks to all who take the time to respond.