I currently hold an interim secret clearance. A friend of mine submitted his SF-86 [for secret] several weeks after me and has already gotten his clearance. A coworker said my delay may be due to the contract. Could an issue with the contract delay a clearance process? The original contract didn't require a clearance, so they were going to put me on another contract so I could obtain my clearance.
Another question, I have a conditional job offer at another government agency that is contingent on my TS clearance. Could this TS clearance investigation interfere with my current secret level investigation?
Finally, is it true that if you fail the full scope poly, you will never be able to get a clearance since you have to tell them on the sf-86 that you failed the poly?