I got my Secret clearance in March 2010 through OPM working for DOD as a contractor. In Feb 2015 I switch jobs and my clearance was transfer to new employer and start working for Homeland Security as a contractor. Again in March 2016 I switch jobs and start working for Dept of State as a contractor and my Clearance was transferred. Last week when my current company send documents to office of Diplomatic Security to renew my PIV card we were told that D/S cannot find my Clearance in their system. My company’s FSO is telling me that my clearance is showing as Inactive when she login into JPass. The Dept of State was courteous enough to tell me that I cannot continue to work unless I at least get an Interim Clearance. My employer has initiated the interim clearance.
My concern is who messed up my Secret Clearance. Is it my FSO. How does it work does the D/S has access to the same system as my FSO. My employer is ready to offer me a 2 month Severance package provided I signed a “Settlement and Release Agreemment” which states that I won’t hold them responsible for the lapse or loss of my Security clearance. Is it not the job of your FSO to check clearances of every employee in the company at least once a month. I have a family and mortgage to pay please need some advice. Should I sign the Agreement. Does anyone knows any good Lawyers in DC area who specialize in Security Clearances.