Types of investigatons


#1

I have over 12 years experience as an investigator on the OPM contract. I recently took a new job working for a DOD contractor (non investigative in nature) which requires me to have a secret level clearance. I had a SSBI-PR done within the last two years. During the process of switching jobs, I found out that as investigators, we do not get adjudicated for a TS/SCI, TS, or Secret level clearance. We only get a “favorable adjudication.” Therefore, my recent PR investigation was not accepted as legitimate and I had to start the whole process of being investigated for a Secret clearance all over again. Why doesn’t the government investigate for an actual clearance eligibility in this type of situation? It seems like a waste of a lot of money and time spent on thousands of investigations when we have to go through the same investigative standards as everyone else but we only get rated as having a “favorable adjudication” and aren’t given a positive eligibility status.


#2

If the investigation was favorably adjudicated and you did not have a break in employment of more than 24 months then it should have been acceptable under reciprocity guidelines. Regardless of whether or not you were granted a clearance, you were deemed eligible if access was needed. The security personnel at this agency should know that.


#3

Marko,

This information came from a high up in the PSMO-I office. I had never
heard that before and neither had my Personnel Security Manager. I only
need a secret level now (which is in process right now) but there is a
chance my position will require a TS in the near future. It would suck to
have to go through a whole new SSBI and wait for it to come through when I
might not need to do that because of my most recent PR investigation.


#4

It’s weird. I’m very sorry about your situation. It really does make no sense to have OPM investigators be “favorably adjudicated for TS” and then not be able to be read on for a full TS or even a Secret in your case.

I don’t know much about the adjudication /reciprocity side of things, but I was always told that it should be accepted as a TS no problem. Honestly, I think it’s a security personnel training issue.

I had a friend that went for a DoD contractor position (who was an OPM investigator) and had the exact same issue and lost out on a job because his clearance wasn’t in JPAS. Too many security professionals believe that JPAS is the “end all be all” to verify a clearance (and yes OPM should still put their investigators in it), but there’s also Scattered Castles for the IC community and I believe OPM uses a system called CVS. I was always told there’s a simple procedure that can be done by someone on the personnel security side to recognize a favorable adjudication and parlay that into a full clearance. Otherwise what’s the point of OPM guys/gals going thru SSBIs/PRs/Tier5s? I really think it’s just a training issue which is unfortunate.

I’m just glad I actually have a clearance showing up in JPAS and not a “favorable adjudication” since I went to a different investigative vendor (not OPM).


#5

You new Agency had the opportunity to review/adjudicate your last investigation but apparently decided not to do so. This is on that Agency - not you or OPM.

OPM can only grant clearances for OPM. Reciprocity is supposed to happen and is an administrative action. I have held a DoD Secret, DOE Q, and an OPM secret as a contractor and/or agent (I jumped to the Fed side after a very short stint with KGS. I was an USIS refugee in fall 2014).