Receiving secret clearance interview after leaving job


#1

Hello,

Last year I accepted a role with a defense contractor. The role required me to get secret clearance so filled out all the paperwork and SF86. I was employed with the company for a short period of time and have since left this role. However, I received a call this week for an interview process by an OPM contract agency. Is this a common occurrence? Would I still get a clearance even after leaving employment from the company that sponsored this?

Thanks in advance for any input!


#2

The paperwork has just hit the field. If you are not currently working for a sponsoring agency that requires a clearance, your background investigation will be discontinued. At the interview, you will need to disclose to the investigator that you have left your former job. You should be a nice person and let the investigator know before the interview. It would be a waste time for both of you to continue with the interview.


#3

Thank you for the input.


#4

If you could find a company that would want to continue to sponsor your clearance I would do the interview.


#5

The original Agency requesting the background investigation makes that decision. Simply getting a job with another company doesn’t mean the same investigation (or investigation type) will be accepted.

Let the investigator know you are willing to be interviewed but are no longer in a position requiring a security clearance. This will let them know you are not against the interview but you are not defrauding the system.