Hello everybody -
I was laid off recently after the small federal contracting business I was working for had to make some hard choices in light of some insurmountable market challenges.
I was working at their corporate HQ (non-billable) and they didn’t maintain my TS clearance during the two years I worked for them. I was assured my performance and conduct were not an issue. I am focused on the road ahead and wondering how I should target my new job search, and manage my own expectations, in light of my security clearance history and status.
I previously held TS clearance as a contractor without interruption from 2000 - 2016. During that period I changed employers, and I have no reason to believe my clearance was not maintained. In fact, my most recent five year TS reinvestigation was completed on/around first week of September 2013 without issue. September 2018 appears to be my five year anniversary. The most recent DoD employment to make use of my clearance ended April 2016. However, during Apr 2016 - Apr 2018 my clearance was not maintained by my (now) former employer.
Which brings me to today – I am currently/actively submitting resumes and speaking with recruiters and potential employers. I am taking some time to find the right “fit.” I was recently told by one staffing service that my clearance is not present in JPAS. I’m not certain what that means, exactly, and I was concerned about their potential bias ( e.g. perhaps they are attempting to direct me to non-clearance opportunities and negotiate lower salaries in their own interests). A trusted friend heard my concerns and offered to reach out and independently verify my JPAS and SC status. I was told, with little detail, that reported status seems to be accurate.
So at this point I am wondering if this forum might offer experienced perspectives for my questions:
I am wondering what is the technical phrase for my clearance status? How should I communicate its status during my job search (e.g. perhaps “TS eligible”)?
Does my Sep 2013 five year reinvestigation anniversary date represent an opportunity and deadline to secure a new sponsor for my clearance, before it crosses some sort of threshold?
Is my time well-spent applying for TS opportunities? How qualified / competitive am I for clearance job opportunities, at this point in time?
In the bigger picture – should some portion of my details still be found within JPAS and SC? Does the reported “not found” status mean it’s like I have never held clearance, ever? Is this “not found” status normal?
Finally, I appreciate any insights that might help me target my job search at this point in time, and help me manage my own expectations.
Thanks for your time