I understand that agencies ask you to wait a year before applying to their specific agency after a security clearance denial. However, do you have to wait a period of time before you are able to apply for a security clearance with a different agency?
I was recently denied a TS/SCI FS Poly from the CIA in early 2017 due to misreporting minimal marijuana usage.
Afterwards, I was contacted by the National Geospatial Agency for a contingent hire and to be processed for a TS/SCI CI Poly. However, they stated that they could not initiate my investigation due to an "active and ongoing SSBI". I do not have any other security clearance processes so this was confusing to me. After sharing my background with them, they told me that it was due to my clearance denial and that I am not allowed to apply for a clearance to other agencies until a year after the denial.
1. First of all, does anyone know why NGA shows an "active and ongoing SSBI"? Is this really due to my security clearance denial?
2. Also, is it really true that I have to wait a full year before applying to other agencies? In particular, the FBI? I am currently in the interview process, but am wondering if it's best to postpone the security processing until a full year of my CIA denial.
First, thanks for reading. This community feels like the only thing I can really turn to regarding these questions and I really appreciate the insight. I really appreciate your help in helping me figure out how to best move forward with life after a clearance denial.