I was under the impression that once your file reads “Eligibility Pending” in JPAS, that you are no longer eligible for an interim clearance at all. However, I am confused, as my FSO seems to think that we are still waiting on my interim determination. I accepted my current position in April and was allowed to start and work on unclassified material until I receive my interim and can perform my real job duties. So I speak with my FSO daily and receive updates regularly. I know that if I do not receive my interim clearance, my employment will be terminated. Below is my timeline:
4/6/18: SF86 and fingerprints submitted
5/15/18: JPAS reads “Eligibility Pending”
5/18/18: Investigation opened
5/19/18: OPM pulled my credit
So if this could just be cleared up, are my assumptions correct about Eligibility Pending? Is my interim certainly (and permanently) denied? Or can they still issue an interim clearance after the investigation has been opened? Thanks.