About six months ago I had been successfully employed and enjoyed working as an OPM background investigator by an OPM contractor and was being recruited by several competitors. When I received an offer too good to pass I accepted, and subsequently submitted my resignation. In the week that followed I was given several counter offers and a request for the competitors offer. I declined and the contact between myself and this employer became cold. HOWEVER - as I was anxiously making the transition and completing my assigned cases I carelessly did a mass copy of files I believed to be strictly personal pictures and document templates (without verifying each file/item individually) from my business laptop to my e-mail account. The initial contractor HR and RM contacted me and terminated my employment with them just days prior to my resignation for violation of business policy and ethics alleging that I had copied over proprietary and/or training materials. I acknowledged my carelessness and maintained that those items were caught up in the mass copy unintentionally, The contractor refused to consider my explanation or negotiate / issue any disciplinary documentation other than outright termination. The contractor also reported the security breach to OPM / NBIB who in turn assigned me an unfavorable status based on this. After weeks of multiple correspondence explaining and acknowledging the carelessness on my part and a request for understanding between myself and OPM they (OPM / NBIB) assigned a final unfavorable status determination.
Obviously the offer of employment with the recruited company was rescinded,
As said I really enjoyed working background investigations and wonder if I have been given the “kiss of death” as far as ever doing so again or if there are any alternatives to obtain an active status outside of legal actions. I’m a retired law enforcement officer and realistically do not believe I have the “time” or “money” to litigate this matter as a genuine return of investment.
Opinions / suggestions?