I wanted to share that not all BI work is frustrating and unappreciated.
I recently went TDY to a major DOE site for three weeks. To those that know, yes - it was like chumming the water while fishing for sharks.
The cases were fairly clean and the security clearance applications were filled out with very minor common errors (usually the dates mom used her maiden name). Issues, when present, were reported on the form and Subjects/supervisors/coworkers freely discussed the issues during their interviews.
Even the two issue laden cases were already known by DOE and the primary contractor - documentation and knowledgeable sources were easy to find.
Supervisors and coworkers, even program managers, Directors, and VPs made time for their interviews and were candid during the interviews. Neighbors called back. Friends made time to discuss the Subject’s on the same day they were contacted.
I was completing two to three whole cases each day, often typing and transmitting the cases that evening.
The really good thing about doing DOE cases is the fact that DOE constantly screens their employees and contractors… meaning they don’t wait for the NBIB investigator to do the investigation to clear out their problems.
I am not saying DOE security is perfect, but it was nice to spend three weeks working where everyone gets the importance of security and they help with the background investigation process.
Did I mention that my stats reflect that I have 1.6 months of work transmitted in February and I still have this next week to complete?
I am now back in the DoD world (with a lot of non-DoD agencies also contributing to my work) fondly recalling the three week workation and looking forward to my next DOE TDY.