Slow Adjudication - Anyone else seeing slow decisions lately?

Hey all,

In for a TS DoD, Timeline so far is:

  • Oct 20, 2022 - EQUIP SUBMISSION
  • Dec 8th - Interview (1 hour interview, only time I talked to my BI)
  • Jan 4, 2023 - Investigation Closed
  • As of March 1st, still in adjudication…

Anyone else seeing slowness here lately especially in the adjudication part? Pretty average individual. Not really any complicated issues I’d say. Just wondering what the heck is going on. Is being in adjudication this long a bad sign?

I’ve seen people get rejected and approved that I hired in with, with investigations closing some before and after mine. Mine truly seems to be the abnormal one. I feel like mine is stuck somewhere.

The adjudication has always taken longer in my personal experience.
Not a bad sign, wait 6-7 months after submission and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Everyone’s background is different.
Where you’ve lived, worked, travelled, what issues you may have, etc. will affect your investigation timeframe.
The investigation of someone that has always lived and worked in the same area, never travelled, would be faster than someone that moved around…

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I have submitted my SF86 for secret level back in March 2022 and my last conversation with my investigator was in October and I am still waiting. However, I am a naturalized US citizen with foreign family members living abroad.

Comparing your timeline to others can only lead to additional frustration in an already frustrating process. If you are still in adjudication three months from now… it still would not be an abnormally long timeline, at least by historic standards.


Absolutely. I believe you are correct on the comparing advice. I appreciate the perspective.

Just something I’ve seen personally and pure speculation then… Perhaps if you are so squeaky clean or are obviously going to get a denial you get adjudicated quickly. Those with “issues” that need nuanced decisions get sent to the long queue. I have a feeling there is some machine learned decision process that gets these files to adjudicators first for the two obvious cases whereas those with “unclear” designation are put in the manual review que where the wait is. I only have 3 points of data for this but the cases seem clear cut in mind that make this a plausible idea.

Or this is giving the fed a lot of credit… And it’s just purely random which is also equally just as likely :slight_smile:

Appreciate the replies everyone.

I have long suspected the same thing, although adjudicators claim there is no such ‘triage.’ But the fact remains they are being tracked to see how their timelines are doing and since the statistics monitor the “fastest 90% of cases” there would seem to be some incentive to get that fastest 90% through the system as quickly as possible.

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Still waiting… haven’t heard anything. Just going with no news is good news currently…

Still waiting… I’ll just update everyone once I finally hear something…