How Far Back question


#1

I received a tentative job offer from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the position of "Social Worker (HUD/VASH)". The job listing states the the Security Clearance is "Public Trust - Background Investigation". My question is this: How far back will they investigate my employment history?

The FEDERAL SECURITY/SUITABILITY CLEARANCE CHART says the past 5 years for the BI, but I've also seen 7 years on some of the SF forms. My employment history is solid for the past 5 1/2 years, but somewhat checkered because of a job I was fired from 6 1/2 years ago, followed by a 1 year period of being on unemployment while working part-time. Many thanks for any help!


#2

You are required to list information going back 7 years and the scope of investigation where they will go out and verify with the employer is 5 years. Ensure you disclose the termination on the SF85P/OF-306, otherwise you will give the appearance of being dishonest.


#3

Thank you for your response. That was very helpful.

What do you mean by "the scope of investigation where they will go out and verify with the employer is 5 years"? What will be different about how they verify with more recent employers versus the ones that go back 6 or 7 years ago?

One last question. I haven't been asked to fill out SF85P yet, but I'm sure it's coming soon. Do I go back 7 years from the date I'm asked to fill it out? There's a job that's right on the cusp of 7 years ago give or take a month, so that's why I'm asking.

I intend to fully disclose everything they ask about me; nothing more and nothing less.


#4

The question requires you disclose information 7 years from the day you are signing the EQIP certification form.