I was received a tentative offer for a position in DC, and submitted all of the required paperwork for the suitability (Background) investigation. I just heard back today that the offer was rescinded based on the fact that I was living in Japan as a legal alien (on a spouse visa) for an extended period of time (6 years). They said that their security department has limited resources to conduct an investigation in Japan and that they only do it for Military or DoD government employees.
My question(s): Is there any way to mitigate this? Is this going to be a common response for other agencies as well?