So I’ve seen a few other questions on here somewhat related to this, but I was hoping for a slightly more “personal” answer as it seems my situation is kind of a cross of several different questions. For reference, I’m still in college and am undergoing this whole process while also wrapping up my undergraduate degree.
Last year in May I signed a “Letter of Commitment” with a small contractor in the DC metro area basically saying that I would receive a Job Offer once I completed the entire TS/SCI w/ full-scope poly examination through the IC. I met with the investigator very shortly (maybe a month or so) after submitting my SF-86, and recently completed my polygraph (December). The poly was kind of rough (though I don’t have anything in my history to actually hide) and the polygrapher made a big deal about how there were things that were “unresolved” in my poly. Looking online, this just seems like a scare tactic that they like to employ when interviewing you. Again, I have no history or factors that I can possibly think of which would truly limit me from being able to pursue such a job.
That said, I’ve received an internship offer for this summer at another company that I would much rather like to work at (if given a full-time offer when I graduate) and that would also give me the opportunity to use my clearance to do work for them as well.
My questions were as follows:
- Does anyone have any experience with these “Letter of Commitments” that basically just say if I complete the clearance process I agree to work for the “sponsoring” company? If so, how truly binding are they? At this point I’ve been undergoing this process for about 9 months now but just don’t know if the company sponsoring me is the right fit anymore.
- Does anyone have experience with getting a clearance through one job, and then “reneging” on a job offer from that organization and simply going elsewhere? Are there any factors that I need to be concerned with, considering the aforementioned Letter of Commitment is the only thing I’ve signed so far?
- If I graduate prior to my clearance process being completed and start work at this other company (again, if they give me a full-time offer) and then my clearance completes could I simply tell the original company I wasn’t interested anymore?
Again, I apologize if there is a lot of overlap with other questions on here. I’m just getting started out in this “adult” world of Security Clearances and competing job offers and trying to figure out my potential moves going forwards, before I end up in a situation where I have an offer from my dream company but have to decline because I’m somehow obligated to work for a company I’m no longer interested in.