I read an older thread regarding this topic but, it didn’t have the exact answer I’m looking for. I recently completed poly, mental health, and medical for an IC agency. I took the poly twice and the second examiner said all of my answers were inconclusive (I know this isn’t out of the ordinary). The examiner also mentioned that my results would be sent to QC and an adjudicator would make a final decision on whether I would proceed or not. What is the average timeframe for this decision to be made?
I had the same exact experience. I think its SOP for various positions at various agencies. I took my poly in August 2018. Still not in ajudication. They had a hard time contacting 2 of my references. Naturally it took them 8 months to reach out to me and sort it out.
So they did start a background investigation on you after your poly? If so, were you only notified when the background investigator reached out for an interview?
I was first contacted by the investigator the day before my poly…I think by coincidence. The investigation has been running ever since. I was told my “inconclusive” results would be forwarded to the adjudicator and a decision would be made. It is unclear whether he meant immediately after my poly or once the investigator finished and submits my results to the adjudicator.
I don’t know for sure, but I would guess you will be contacted in the coming weeks to set up a subject interview with the investigator. Unless, you admitted to some heinous crime or disqualifying background detail. In this case you will probably receive a letter over the coming weeks informing you they have discontinued you application.
In the same boat. Took poly and “passed” in March. Have yet to hear from my BI for my SI… 486 days since submission of SF-86.
Thanks, this helps. My background is fairly standard, I was just worried I would washout after being grilled during the poly. I’m fine with waiting once I know things are out of my hands.
Some times folks sit in adjudication a long time just because they were “forgotten.” It happens. One adjudicator leaves, hands off cases to the replacement, and they get pushed to the side, nobody asks about it, and there it sits. Sometimes they sit because they are highly complex. Other times it is due to work load on the adjudicator. I have about 20 that went into Poly in March. Most show they went into Adjudication 3 months ago. Some went in last month and came right out approved. Others entered adjudication first…and still sit. I don’t raise the questions until they pass 18 months. Now, when everyone from the group starts clearing, the ones lagging…start getting concerned. It happened to me on a re-investigation and I had to return to Poly 5 months after the first one. It isn’t pleasant by a long shot.
I have a few additional questions that are tangentially related:
- How does the MD IC agency schedule poly/med/psych testing? Is it all in one go like the VA agency or is it spread out over multiple sessions?
- What information (poly/BI) is shared between the agencies? Will I have to do separate polys? My applications are in the same stage, but the order of events between the two is different.
@iconism It is mostly just poly/psych at other agency, not everyone does medical like yours. They are on same trip if you are from out of town.
Don’t expect anything at all to be shared. I did 2 polys with both agencies and had two completely separate background investigators. If I were hiding something it would have been found haha.
@iconism Also the MD agency reimburses you differently. You have to actually send in all your receipts and mileage. I made a profit off VA agency with their reimbursement.
Thanks! I’m familiar with the VA reimbursement, but didn’t know about the MD agency.
I’m assuming the MD testing takes two days total including travel?
amberbunny–just to MAKE sure: you’re talking 18 months in adjudication?? My FSO told me 12-15 months in adjudication so it would make sense.
@iconism If you are long distance it is 2 days. You get there day before appointment and then take a bus next morning to get there. If you have to do a 2nd poly, you would have to make arrangements through travel agency for another night and come back next day for the poly.
@hawk911, is correct.
Bishop, I certainly have seen folks sit for 15 months in adjudication. I have one now in for 9 months. Doesn’t necessarily mean a denial is coming. But likely implies complexity of a matter.
Apparently complexity is my middle name! I’m pretty sure someone looked at my package/investigation and said “Nope–I’m not dealing with this right now.”
That truly does happen and if an FSO isn’t agitating for your package…it slips further and further to the corner of that desk. Human nature. I did just now check on my person stuck 9 months, apparently they cleared a few weeks back and we were never told.
@amberbunny wow that’s crazy, so that 9 months person is just waiting and come to find out they are already cleared
Sadly it happens frequently. Literally just got my “standard” notification note on a person who I accidentally came across when I check on others. The approval note came 2 months after she was already approved. I can only assume there are numerous hands touching the approval and if one is out sick or on vacay…the next person assumes it was sent…Having over 400 now on my clearance roster it isn’t easy to simply see a name pop up.
Wow, @amberbunny… that’s disheartening to say the least.