I recently started at a new job and now they would like to put me up for a TS clearance. In my interview they had asked if I would be willing to apply for one and I said sure, but that I wasn’t familiar with the process/requirements at all. I’ve been working for about a month now and I had a meeting with our FSO. She explained everything I had to do (fingerprints/SF-86/etc.) and added that my ability to get the clearance would have no effect on the state of my employment since our company has plenty of non-classified work to do.
Now that I’m filling out the form and researching the expectations / requirements, I’m 99% sure that I’m currently ineligible for TS due to substance use that continued up until around January of this year. Will my FSO examine my eQIP answers and come to that conclusion and terminate the process or should I bring it up beforehand? It seems like a waste of money to attempt to put my application into the process to me, but I’m also worried that this discussion would cast me in a bad light which is something I’m not eager to do as I’m a new employee here.
I’m also confused about her statement that it doesn’t make a difference whether or not I am granted the clearance. She said that they like to have as many people as possible with clearances in case contracts come up, but reading elsewhere it sounds like the process is costly and that you have to provide specific reasons for submitting an application to even be granted access to the eQIP system.