Poly QA/Adjudication

This is why you need an FSO with the right mix of pushing, aggressive, but know when to fade and not irritate. I step across that line from time to time, as I also do in this forum at times. It is both art and science…know when to hold em…fold em…

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For a new fed in the process, are we assigned FSO’s, and allowed to contact them? I’ve seen a lot of advice given where it just says “let your FSO know” or “contact your FSO”, but I personally only have ever talked to a scheduler, my recruiter and my investigator who is contracted. So I don’t have an FSO that I know of, let alone contact info.

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The person you submitted the SF86 to is the FSO or Security Manager or on their staff.

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My SF86 was through an online portal, and that is where it submitted through. It was not via email/mail or anything.

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That adds complexity. Is it a government position or contract?

Governemnt. I just re-read the email from a year ago, and it was SF86 through e-QIP. As for POC info, it just lists the ICHires helpline

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@Batdog123 My same concern, I want to contact FSO, but have no clue who that is or how. I just asked about this same thing on another forum. The SF86 initial email as you said just has the ICHires info.

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@Batdog123, @amberbunny and @Rkf4ever… same here. I submitted online and still had to mail in a hard copy. (Government)… I was contacted a week or two after submission for one piece of missing information.

All my recruiter can tell me is NOTHING as I am still processing— that whole privacy act thing…lol.

Slowly coming up on 365 business days since submitting it.

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@Batdog123, @Trey3…someone on the other site just told me that the FSO is for contractors, not direct hires. @amberbunny is this the case?

Security Manager is a term contract companies use as well. FSO or Facility Security Officer is also used. SOme swear it isn’t interchangeable or used to describe both sides but I see it all the time. Normally an FSO will be well versed in JPASS. But, they may also access the various other programs such as Scattered Castles if their cleared positions reside in that world. I started in JPASS many years earlier at its inception I believe, but the many changes along the way, and fact my client doesn’t use it, I would be lost in JPASS. I see them as absolutely the same: the person submitting your clearance paperwork, providing initial and ongoing training, reinvestigations, adverse reporting, foreign travel, contacts etc. If you are directly applying for a federal agency to be a federal employee…there are various ways to refer to the “Security Office.” Personnel Security, Info Security, Clearance office, Clearance Division, etc.

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@amberbunny… so I did my every two month check in with my recruiter. As I had them on the phone, I could hear keys be stricken in the background as they were “checking the system…”. What was exactly being checked?

So the Office of Personnel Security has contacted me for additional information before, so I guess that would be the closest thing. Maybe I can reach out to them.

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I’ve not been contacted by anyone of that nature. Literally just the scheduler, the recruiter, and contracted investigator.

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Trey, they could have been literally accessing the system and seeing if the status updated or indicated a change. Or they could have been ordering something on Amazon. They sounds the same on the phone.

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Bat I am guessing that is by design so you have nobody to blame or finger point at. I can imagine any person being denied might have an axe to grind. The recruiter will not have access to info, nor would the scheduler. Seems to deliberately keep you out of the loop.

Touché, @amberbunny, touché. You’ve outdone yourself with that one. Lol

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https://news.clearancejobs.com/2014/01/30/facility-security-officer-roles/

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My FSO (VA agency) from my understanding has changed many times often leading to me falling through the cracks. I’ve been in process for over 2.5 years, and in a few instances I wouldn’t hear something for 6 months.

Are you applying for a contractor position?

Correct. I’m a direct hire. Clean record, never traveled abroad, just a lot of foreign contacts from college.