As I mentioned in the title, there are two areas of concern I have regarding my security clearances.
(1) I was in the military for 30 years. I had a TS/SCI clearance for the vast majority of that time. I had my TS re-confirmed in early 2014, but I wound up taking a forced retirement in summer 2014. I was able to get a job in another federal agency as a contractor. The position requires a public trust (equivalent of secret) clearance. My question is: If I am applying for jobs that require a TS clearance, but I am in a Secret clearance job, does the TS clearance "expire" at some point in the future before the normal 5-year point? I almost got a contractor job earlier this year and explained my situation with the CEO of the company, and he though there was a 2 1/2 year "window" after getting a TS but not being in a TS job that something could be worked out. Is this true, or if I get a TS job and my employer knows my situation their security manager should know how to deal with it, or is there anything I can do in the meantime?
(2) When I did my last security clearance back in 2013, I did notice a question about whether or not I had seen a Mental Health Professional in the previous 5 years. Where is it defined (Federal Regulation, etc) what a Mental Health Professional is? Is the act of seeing a Mental Health Professional in and of itself disqualifying for maintaining a security clearance? If you are seeing a mental health professional and you are getting prescription drugs that controls your condition, is that good enough to continue work in a cleared position? The answers I receive on this question are important. If it looks like seeing a MHP is BAD even if you get help, I would need to know that ASAP.
Thanks for any help you can give me on this-