Thank you for your response AWoodhull. Below is a timeline and an explanation of the background for my unfortunate situation. Needless to say, I have had a very stressful time regarding all this. After reading below, please ask me anything for clarity purposes or otherwise. I hope it is not too lengthy. Also, I have read that number 12 question on the 306 and I need to know to what extent do I reveal. It is kind of complicated and goes back around 10 years and then some.
I’ve seen other’s use timelines, so I feel the best way to describe my ordeal is through a timeline as well. I hope this can be included. I want to reenter the Federal workforce. I am currently 57.
2007 I used marijuana one time while vacationing in Jamaica. I did work for the Federal Government at the time and did hold a clearance.
December 2008 I applied for a position with the FBI and submitted an eQUIP. I did not include that I smoked marijuana in 2007 while vacationing in Jamaica. I also did not include my marijuana use during my teenager years because that occurred 25 years prior to completing the eQUIP, I was not proud of what I did as a teenager and was not who I was in 2008.
1/14/09 I had a polygraph interview with an FBI agent and admitted to my prior drug use as a teenager (1970’s) up to the age of 23 and also admitted to smoking marijuana in Jamaica in 2007. Since I indulged in marijuana use within the three year time frame required by the FBI to be eligible for a position, I was not hired. I was completely honest with the Federal agent and he was very hostile to me and I was extremely nervous during this interview. It felt more like an interrogation.
Fast forward nearly 10 years, I submitted an eQUIP on June 8, 2015 as part of a routine re-investigation of my eligibility to maintain my “L” clearance. I did not realize that in reporting to the FBI in 2008, it was not equivalent to reporting in an SF 86 for a re-investigation. The language catching my attention was “did you EVER use drugs other than previously listed” – and as such, I thought I already reported all my drug incidences. The other question in the SF 86 regarding drug use was, “have you used drugs or substances in the last 7 years”. I answered “no” and this was true.
Due to an OPM breach of PII information of Federal Employees, there was a half in all background investigations and mine was one of them. In October of 2016, I went to Jamaica again, and again I used marijuana again. I had already submitted my SF 86 so I could not include this information as my usage occurred after.
December, 2016 I was interviewed by OPM as part of the background investigation. I initially did not mention my 2007 use of marijuana because I thought it was already revealed during the interview with the FBI agent back in 2009.
In January, 2017 the OPM investigator asked to meet me again whereas she said a name check was performed and my name appeared. She confronted me about my use of marijuana in Jamaica in 2007. At this point, my nerves are completely frazzled as my past will not go away. I told the investigator everything and admitted to using marijuana while vacationing in Jamaica in 2016. I did not hide any information from her and revealed my remorse. It is true that I did use marijuana on two occasions nearly 10 years apart but both times were while holding a security clearance. The investigator asked me how often I used marijuana. I originally told her every couple of months from age 18 to age 23, and then every five years from age 23 until the 2007 trip to Jamaica. I called the investigator back that night to tell her I wanted to change my statement. It took three days to see her again and I told her that I did not use marijuana at all between my trip to Jamaica in 2007 and my trip to Jamaica in 2016. I changed my statement because it was true. I was busy raising my family and was not interested in marijuana at all anymore. I told her I did not know why I told her I used marijuana every 5 years.
June, 2017, I was removed from my job (indefinite suspension). Escorted out of the building.
I hired attorneys to mitigate my case and lost.
I appealed and lost that too.
I was given the choice of being “removed” or I could “resign”. I resigned on 8/31/18.
This is an extreme hardship on me. I was completely honest with the OPM investigator. I never failed a random drug test, never had performance issues. My 15 year career just went away in a blink of an eye. I am trying to get a Public Trust Clearance and need advise on how to mitigate where I am at. What’s the time frame I am looking at? How serious is what I have done?