I’ve looked over the forum and don’t see this posted, so I’d like to add the topic. I’m a new hire to a job that depends upon a favorable outcome of both the interim and final secret clearance. The assistant FSO at the company is quite negative about the odds of an Interim. I’d like some feedback here. Details:
- I held a secret clearance from 75-83. I was completely honest to all questions on this submission.
- A felony was in involved this time that I explained truthfully as being coerced to plead guilty by a County Attorney to Aggravated Assault-non Dangerous to receive probation for a DUI auto accident with no serious injuries. I say “coerced” because I faced an plea offer of probation, or if I lost at trial, facing a min mandatory sentence of 10 years and I was 55 at the time of the accident with two toddler children. Later, that county attorney was disbarred by the State Bar for “Defiling the Public’s Trust” while in office as he up-charged many people to invoke MMS and get a guilty plea. Some time later the conviction was vacated by the Court (annulled, set-aside). Arizona does not allow expungment of anything, so all is there to see. The accident happened in 2005. My Court reversed the conviction in 2016.
- My finances are fine. My credit score is in the 700s.
- I haven’t traveled outside the US in 20+ years, and when I did it was to Peru or to Japan on business.
- I just passed the CPA exam at age 68 and received my CPA license. I do not mention this on the fs86. Maybe I should?
In any case, this FSO seems like a very young person without a great deal of experience. I’m not sure whether to take her negative responses that seriously or not. Other than the above, my life is pure vanilla. Honorable Navy discharge, married 17 years, two teenagers now, own a home, no significant debts. No other arrests. Na da.
Feedback on maximizing my chances of an interim from you pros would be most appreciated!