Honestly my own personal (and equally agonizing) experience last go around went like this: We had the usual 25 or so in re-investigation. As a side note, my PM who has been cleared full poly 17 years has only been re-investigated one time, so no rhyme no reason, but I was at 4 years cleared, and I guessed they wanted to start early. I completed the form, met with investigator 4 months later. 2 months after that I was told I was one of the 15 or so requiring a new Poly. Nobody likes Poly. Security office folks who were polygraphers by trade don’t like Poly. It just isn’t pleasant. So I dutifully get my mind geared up for a Poly in 30 days only to get it rescheduled 30 days later. Momentary relief, de-stress, quickly followed by thoughts of “Well, dang had I poly’d by now I would either be re-polying…or done.” Stress. More stress. Then Poly. Of the 15, perhaps 5 needed re-poly that week. Over the next 2 weeks 3 or 4 more were called back. 6 weeks later we had a cal back. I’m thinking I am good to go. Each person in the group started clearing one by one. Not me. 4 months later I get the call to return. And this time I need go to their “house” to accomplish this. 30 days of intense stress. Complete Poly. Same as all other Poly’s. Unpleasant. Aggravating. Bothersome. Searching my mind for what wasn’t there. Poly done. 3 weeks later a follow up call to “clarify a few points.” Several days later I finally clear. See, my point is this: We are all in this together. Once we decide the cleared life is what we will do until we grow up and choose differently…we then live with the nagging stress and sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. Hopefully for the vast majority it directs our path and shapes us to make the very best ethical choices along the way. For some of us…we don’t do that. We lose those employees. Just today in meeting with my deputy chief of Security (my poc) I asked clarification for who requires a full TS with Poly. We have 340 people growing to 380 on this contract. The previous HR pushed for as many full scope cleared people as possible. She didn’t care if we lost good and faithful people, salt of the earth, along the way. If it provided a large pool of full scope cleared people…this made her job easier to move people around and promote from within to positions absolutely requiring the full scope. I lean the other way. Put folks in process if they seem to have the ambition to grow, manage, supervise etc. But those housekeepers who have worked diligently for 30 years and make a huge difference in the lives of our conferees and the like just by being great, caring people…leave them at full TS…but not Poly.