I have been offered a position with a DoD contractor that requires clearance. My prospective employer filed my SF-86 July 1, 2016.
My employer is in Maryland but I live in New Jersey and I will be billeted here. So DSS sent my file to an investigator in MD. It sat on a desk (Yes, I was told that!) until December when they realized that the investigation should go to NJ. They called me to verify my work location and told me this.
I heard from the OPM investigator at the end of January and met with her in February. She told me that she filed her report on March 1, 2017.
The first week in July, my prospective employer receives a package for me from DSS and forwards it to my home. The package contains an SOR with ten items under Guideline F (Financial Issues).
Of the ten, six were small medical bills that had ended up in collection. I had already paid one last fall (and provided the OPM investigator with documentation). The other five were more recent and the result of some visits that were not covered by insurance although I thought that they had been. I had already paid those as well.
The six amounted to less that $550! All have been paid and all have been removed from my credit report.
The remaining four items are actually more serious issues but, largely, revolve around the fact that I have been underemployed since I lost my job last year.
I just mailed a 25 page response, including documentation, explanations of each issue and a history of a serious illness suffered by my wife which has affected our finances.
How long should I plan on this process taking? I’ve already seen my file sit on a desk for months? Every step has taken months!
BTW: I previously held the same clearance from 2005 through 2014 when it was revoked because I had not been in a position requiring clearance since the end of 2012.
Why is this process so broken and what can we do to fix it?