I had a Secret level clearance during 13 years as a GS14, when arrested on 5 felonies, with the charges in 2011 and the convictions in early 2012. I served 4yrs 4months, and am nearing my 3yr probation anniversary, with 2yr to go. Serriously under-employed as a paralegal and seeking a better-fit public trust level federal job in my original environmental field. I now have two offers from two agencies at GS12 and GS14 and wonder about the OPM waiver process for Public Trust clearances.
I’m told by a retired long-time fed that there will be at least one initial interview meant to get an interim waiver and start my employment and then a nearly one-year background investigation. I think I will interview well, and can cite numerous positives and offer supportive references to people (probation officer, therapist, wife).
How likely is it that I will get the waiver while the longer process moves forward, and can anyone offer insight into how the process works?