My first year as an investigator

Go find a different career unless you want a job that constantly reopens your work for frivolous corrections, absolute monotony and redundancy, and no job satisfaction than by all means please apply and be miserable with us. Misery loves company here.

Thank you for the feedback. It helps to have all perspectives.

Monotonous and mundane… That describes basically 90% of the jobs out there, the only difference is you would be stuck in a cubicle or office. Yes, reopens can be annoying and yes it can get monotonous asking the same questions over and over again, but the freedom of being able to make your own schedule more than outweigh the monotonous and mundane tasks. I like being able to break up the monotony by being able to go for a run or take care of a couple of errands or complete housework if I want to.

So far this week I’ve been able to repaint the entire exterior of my house in between my interviews and typing. Any other job and there’s no way I would have had it in me to do that after being stuck at the same desk all day and commuting home.

I’ve worked way worse jobs for way less pay, so for now I’m happy where I’m at but I do recognize that this is dead end position, for the most part. I’m making a decent wage for my area which allowed me to buy my first house.

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You are correct. There are worse jobs than this. I never said this was the worst job ever but there are many things about the job I dislike. Overall, you painted a good picture of the day in the life of an Investigator.

One thing that people don’t realize when they look on the surface of this job is how challenging the job really is. The constant refiles, the incompetence of the review staff and no uniformity in the review process, the ever changing handbook, the ever changing policy and procedural changes for Tiered Investigations, the constant never ending issue resolution, and the overall negativity the job brings upon us. Don’t forget to consider how difficult the public can be to get information from and the constant questions they have regarding who we are, are we legitimate, and the constant dodging of the public of interviews we attempt to schedule, etc. This makes our job incredibly difficult. If you are working for one of the vendors as a full time hourly employee such as CACI, Perspecta, GDIT, or SCIS then you have to deal with metrics on top of the already stressful job. This is hung over your head for things you cannot control in regards to quality and timeliness because of how a reviewer may view something on your case and they refile you because they didn’t feel good about something in the report and want to overwork a case because ten years ago they had a customer reopen for something similar. Your earning potential and promotional potential should never be placed in the hands of a reviewer because many of these reviewers refilling cases are outside of our control. In addition, you cannot control your timeliness because you are always over assigned your maximum capacity to the level in which you are being currently paid by your company you are doing business for which results in always being in a constant cycle of missing ACD’s and having to ask for ACD extensions. All of these of these companies assign you over your capacity of 10-25% for what they call “evaporation”. The whole thing stinks. Arbitrary stats to control your life. Sounds like a great career. Glad I’m an independent contractor and don’t deal with the metrics thing any longer as it is an impossible obstacle to overcome.

Now we have a switch to a new agency, continuous evaluation on the horizon for periodic reinvestigations which is basically the death nail for all of us because the availability to a consistent workload will diminish significantly. So hunker down and get ready for the approaching storm. There’s going to be lay offs, mass exodus out of the industry by Investigators, reviewers, and other personnel. It’s going to be rough seas ahead. If you are currently working the NBIB contract only as either a F/T hourly or independent contractor, you better have a backup plan because the work load is diminishing significantly and to stay relevant one will have to be on a constant TDY rotation and perform the best amongst their peers or they will be laid off.

Good luck but in the end this is a dead end like you already mentioned and are aware of the circumstances.

This is the most helpful thing I’ve read about the position! I just found out my clearance has been granted and I’m waiting to hear about training. I’m wondering what you recommend bringing as far as materials to the training course? I have two degrees so I know all about how to take notes and study but I’m wondering if the course feels similar to my college experiences. Wondering how I can best prepare!

You won’t need much during training, just some pens and paper

Hi,
I read this, and have rather unusual questions…so i had panel interview for SI, in March 2019/ I got offered starting date, the pay and academy. Few days later, I got a phone call that VETERAN overbeat me…, so I was definitely upset. I continue applying for other fmcsa jobs. Never filled out any background paperwork, but OMP started visiting some of my friends and work places? Whats going on??? Is this normal???

The investigation was probably in the field

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The contracting companies don’t normally rank their candidates by veteran status, unless you meant a veteran investigator.

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No need to roll your eyes about referring me to Agencies - I figured it out from reading pertinent posts.
Sigh.
I see you are a helpful contributor - thanks from a basic user.

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what?

When I was going through training, it was mostly retired cops and retired military (and veterans). Out of the class of 20-22, we probably only had 3-4 recent grads, the rest was either retired service members or older experienced professionals looking to change career fields. (A different contractor might have different hiring preferences.) For a job that’s supposed to be an entry-level position, there were a lot of over-qualified applicants.

When I went through initial training, there were only two veterans ( I was one of them ).

When I interviewed candidates from 2006 to 2011 for a major contractor, there was no preference for veterans or law enforcement. We found good candidates shared common characteristics that did not require military or law enforcement history.

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Hello, I was told by a few people to reach out to you. I just want to know if recent medical cannabis use will deny a person for a public trust BI? Use was within 3 months (4 uses) and this was the only kind of thing on with this person’s history. Thanks

Sorry… I am not an adjudicator and can’t touch that Subject.

I totally understand. I was just looking for an estimation based off your experience, not an official ruling or anything. Is there any place where I can ask this question?

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I’m not an adjudicator either, but it really depends on the agency. It’s about the issue, and if it can be mitigated. With drug use, it’s not like financials. I lost my job and that’s why xyz happened. Drug use is a choice. So my opinion is that it is recent and there’s not a lot of time to show the changed behavior.

Oh and just FYI marijuana is only legal on a state level not federal.

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Generally marijuana use within a year or two years is a disqualification, especially at the T5 level.

However, it depends on the position, as some positions can override a disqualification with a Letter of Compelling Need. At least that was the guidance a few years ago.

Yes, until marijuana is legalized on the federal level, I’d just stay away from it and any CBD products if you want to hold a security clearance.

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What if the position does not need a security clearance? I believe it is just a background investigation, no security clearance will need to be held. Does this improve any chances? This wasn’t done while holding a clearance or anything like that.