Question: I have two issues in my Background Investigation

I worked a job partime in college about 4 years ago and I quit with out giving a proper notice. They investigated it and the job told them I was fired for no call no shows. Also when I was in college a year later my landlord told the investigators that I was 6 months late on rent, but they have no documentation or anything to prove it. My question is will these issues ruin my chance of being cleared?

If these are isolated incidents with no recent similar history then they would not affect your eligibility to obtain a clearance as long as you disclosed all required information on the SF-86.

Negative. I had similar situations. Left a job by being let go/fired. Also had many bills I was late on, lots of debt, things I didn’t pay for years. As long as you show you are working to take care of those debts, and the job issue isn’t a recurring thing, you will be fine. I got my clearance after many dings in my past.

Fired from a part-time college for not showing up? That might have stopped just about all of us! Pretty much the same goes for rent on a college house.

By the way . . . In many states, there is no such thing as quitting “without proper notice” which is a legal term. If you were working in one of these states you have the right to leave any time that you want and your employer has the right to let you go for any reason and whenever he wants.

I would contact the employer and threaten to sue for defamation and to report him to the investigators for providing false information. He may not believe you. But, he is unlikely to want to take the risk of defending himself. He may then contact the investigator and agree that you left on good terms.

This is one reason that most large corporations will only report start and end of employment dates without giving any further information.

I attempted to report a prior employer and co-workers there for having essentially ruined my chances for obtaining an IC position.

The unfortunate truth is that the USDOJ has little interest in criminally prosecuting such issues.

Since the employer was a public university, any type of litigation against either it or its employees would have required many thousands of dollars to litigate as a civil matter.

Is there a specific reason why you keep bringing this up? We understand you no longer want to be investigated but you arent really adding anything to the conversation by constantly mentioning that you voluntarily withdrew your interest in a cleared position.


I’m currently in adjudication and pondering if “dings” from my past will ruin my chances of getting cleared as well. Would you mind disclosing some of these “dings” that weren’t severe enough to get your clearance denied?

Your references could very well put a stop to it immediately by telling the investigator they do no want to participate. This is a voluntary process. I’m sure the investigator would be grateful as well.

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No investigation continues once a “discontinue request” is submitted unless there is a reason to continue – meaning the Subject wants the position and the requester wants the investigation to to continue.

That poster is apparently trolling.


This is not as complicated as you are making it. Sometimes there is a lull between your request for discontinue and your requesting agency conveying the information to the investigating agency. This causes the investigation to continue until your requesting agency confirms the discontinue. This is very simple. It is a VOLUNTARY process. You tell the investigator you have withdrawn from the position. You do not need to answer any more questions, and you convey that you no longer want to participate in the investigation. Your references can also state they do not want to participate. Should be the end. There will be no reason for you to post another complaint.

I will send a registered letter to Agency tomorrow. Then, wait for confirmation.

You don’t need to do that. Just let it go, you already expressed your decision to stop the investigation. The communications between the requesting and investigating agencies is an internal process and not for you to be involved in.

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I’ve only ever seen one case where a what I thought was a legitimate discontinue request was denied. The subject was getting kicked out of the military. The discontinue request was submitted. I got word that the requesting agency wanted the investigation continued in case the subject tried to apply for a cleared job outside of the military there would be a denial in JPAS.

Got text responded from Agency the process has been closed/discontinued…if you/your references are being reached out it’s not from us.