Since I have been involved in several post here about the long time it is taking to get clearance issues resolved, I thought that I would take a few minutes to outline how the process went for me.
Summer 2005 - I was hired for my first position requiring a clearance. I was able to start work and filled out my SF86 on my first day. I received my interim clearance in about three weeks and my final in about three months. That clearance was in effect, without incident until December of 2014 when I had gone two years without needing a clearance.
April 2016 - I was laid off by a private employer from a non-cleared position.
June 2016 - I interviewed for a contracting position requiring a clearance. I was given a provisional offer, filled out my SF86 and was fingerprinted.
July 1, 2016 - My SF86 was forwarded to the DoD.
December 2016 - I receive a phone call from an investigator in Maryland. My application had gone to her in error. Because I live and would be working in New Jersey, she was required to forward my paperwork to an office in New Jersey.
February 2017 - I am contacted by the New Jersey investigator and a meeting is set up. We met once in person and had several phone calls to assist her in gathering all of the information that she requires.
March 2017 - The investigator completes her work and forwards her report.
June 2017 - I receive an SOR listing 10 financial items. I respond about a week later and request a decision on the record instead of a hearing.
September 2017 - I receive a FORM and respond within a week.
October 21, 2017 - I receive the decision and I am granted a clearance.
Department counsil still has about 10 days to appeal the decision but I can see that happening. I have just started a non-cleared job but it involved a 100 mile round trip commute and doesn’t pay very much better than the cleared offer that I have on the table.
Tomorrow I begin navigation of getting the existing offer, or another, turned into real work. If I end up with the company that sponsored me, my commute will, quite literally, be cut down to about five minutes!
If anyone would like any more information . . . Please feel and ask. I believe that I did an excellent job responding to the investigator, the SOR and the FORM. I would be happy to discuss how I ran through the process with anyone.
Thanks . . .
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