What determines how long adjudication will take?

I’m no worried about getting the clearance, it’s more about the length of time that scares me. I’ve heard story’s of companies rescinding job offers simply because the clearance process takes too long. My position requires me to obtain the clearance before I am even allowed to start.

My investigatory (Omniplex) was really personable and provided me his details and encouraged me to check in with him for awhile so I would know when it had gone through their internal review before flowing up to the Customer. If you have their details you may want to send a professional & courteous e-mail asking for a final date of internal review and submission upstream. That might help you gauge your timeline.

But as SBUsquirrel stated…you’ve got a ways to go. Also, keep in mind the Pandemic and the fact that Adjudicators CAN’T work from home on this stuff, in addition they are restricted to a alternating schedule for days they can go into the office. It’s a perfect storm of a system that is eyes-off and time intensive colliding with a Pandemic affecting everything from staffing, building occupancy, and hours worked, etc.

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@gwoz81 the process takes alot of patience and everyone situation and circumstances are different. Keep a positive outlook and let the process take its course. Fortunately in my case, I’m a federal employee and they have due processes. Stay in the fight! My timeline is below.

SF86 submitted- 10 Nov 2019
BI completed- July 2020
Granted notification: 8 Feb 2021


Paying for the charges I received

Could you elaborate a little more on this. By funding, do you mean the company sponsoring might have held off paying for the investigation for 90 days after I submitted the E-QIP?

I know companies can pay to have the process expedited if they really want the employee to start ASAP. I guess the reverse could be true, not needing an employee right this minute.

@adrianlittle You’re timeline is very similar to mine so far, ex-IC to DoD and now trying to go back to IC

SF86 submitted by CJO: Dec 2019
BI completed: ~Aug 2020 (covid not withstanding)
Assigned to Adjudicator as per FSO: Jan 2021

I definitely hope that everything works out in your favor!

There’s an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (“A Piece of the Action”) where Captain Kirk is making up the rules of a fake card game to buy time. It is utter nonsense and incredibly convoluted.

I think the adjudication process must work along a similar set of rules, at least for the folks who do not get adjudicated quickly. :crazy_face: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


I like to think of the “Bob’s” scene from Office Space.

Companies do not pay for the clearances, the requesting federal agency pays for the investigation. Background investigations are normally not directly appropriated (funded) by Congress, but are part of every agency’s funding which is then “given” to the ISP (normally DCSA) to pay for investigations.

I was sponsored by my first company in June 2017 and wasn’t cleared until July 2019. Literally waiting for almost 6 months before I received a phone call from anyone. Once I met with my investigator she was really surprised about how long I had been waiting to be interviewed. Luckily I still had a full time job that point but it’s a grueling process for some. I basically gave up at a point assuming that it was never going to happen. One of my contractors had turnover in July 2019 and by a stroke of luck that’s exactly when my TS was approved and I got a awesome job about 2 weeks later. Hang in there man it will happen.

I was surprised your company didn’t rescind the job offer due to how long the process took. I have a conditional offer with a DoD aerospace contractor and I’m worried 4 months in they are going to give up my spot because of how long the process takes. This position requires a Secret and Special Program Access…so I don’t get a start date until I’m cleared.

Is the job still being advertised? If not they aren’t actively looking.

If it is being advertised…

Wow - Your schedule is close to mine → I am an IC Contractor.

September 2019: Submitted Clearance
October 2019: Clearance Assigned an Investigator
October 2020: Investigation Completed
November 2020: In Pre-Adjudication Phase (to be assigned a case adjudicator)
April 2021: Still in Pre-Adjudication Phase (Per FSO, they cannot provide a timeline on when my case is assigned)

@bness2020 Unfortunately (not really though if you get me) I have an ex-wife and kids in a FVEY country with lots of foreign travel and foreign contacts. No adversarial countries or anything, all people in-country, but it’s still going to hold me up…or is holding me up.

Honestly I was also surprised they didn’t rescind the offer. What ended up happening is that the position I originally was offering became unavailable by the time my clearance was granted. Luckily there was another one that was similar in the pipeline that they were able to slot me in for because it took so long and my experience was too valuable to them. I hated the wait and no responses. Once I finally got a call then the ball started rolling a bit faster. I believe at the time there was still a major backlog in cases so I guess the fact that it took so long made sense. My FSO told me that they loose a lot of contracts or good candidates because people can’t afford to put there life and families security on hold because they have to wait two years. It opens up a world of opportunities though. A week after I got granted a TS I was being contacted by recruiters left and right so I think there is something in the system that shows you with a clearance. Idk I may be wrong just a thought.

Companies do not pay for BI’s, Uncle Sam does

I just received word from my FSO that my secret clearance for a defense aerospace contractor was granted. It took a total 151 days from when I submitted my EQIP.

Conditional Job Offer - 11/2/20

Fingerprints - 11/10/20

EQIP - Submitted - 11/24/20

Credit Pulled - 2/17/21

Current Employer Contacted - 2/26/21

Subject Interview - 3/16/21

Reference 1 Contacted - 3/18/21

Reference 2 Contacted - 3/19/21

Received note from my FSO that my Clearance granted - 4/4/21


Not the fastest, but under six months so that is pretty quick. Also note that the investigation was still underway as of 3/19; it probably took about a week after that to get wrapped up and sent to adjudications, meaning adjudication took two weeks or less. You may be able to get an exact date when your investigation completed from your FSO if they have access to DISS/JPAS.