What is happening behind the scenes during reciprocity process?


#1

I currently have a favorably adjudicated T5 background investigation. I received a conditional offer for a federal government position that only requires public trust. I was told that I won’t need another background investigation and I would get a firm offer after reciprocity process is complete.

What is exactly is going on in the background? Is it getting readjudicated? How long does this take roughly? If I remember, adjudicated takes about 2 weeks or less after a background investigation is complete?

Let me know if I’m not providing any information to answer the question. Thanks!


#2

I had the same question that you posted @srithikdatta and was wondering if your case ever did complete the reciprocity process?

In my situation, I have been extended a job offer by a company that does cleared work for DoD. My clearance data is held by a non-DoD agency, e.g., US Coast Guard/DHS. The company FSO contacted the Coast Guard Security Center and verified that I had clearance eligibility. The company FSO then submitted an RRU request via JPAS (a DoD database) to request reciprocity with the intent of transfering my clearance data into JPAS. I am now in a sit and wait holding pattern. Like you, I don’t have a clear understanding of what is going on behind the scenes now, nor how long it might take. I can’t begin cleared work until my data is transferred to the DoD JPAS system.

I read several posts in this forum where @amberbunny has worked a number of reciprocity requests. Maybe she can shed some light on the process & typical timeline? I know there are a number of variables and players involved, so timelines are just a guesstimate at best.

In my case, my Secret level clearance (NACLC) was renewed/readjudicated by the USCG in March 2014 (less than 5 yrs old as of this date). I departed my GS civilian job in May 2017 to seek other opportunities, so I have been away from cleared work for less than 24 months. But, that 24 month rule is looming closer and I’m wondering if this reciprocity process will complete itself before I turn into a pumpkin.

Thanks in advance to you or other forum members that might be able to shed some light on this non-DoD to DoD clearance data transfer process.


#3

Since you didn’t provide any dates, it’s impossible to say if you have waited long enough to worry.

So, my advice would be to sit back and give it a little time . . .


#4

I did get my reciprocity. I filled out the paperwork to start the process in mid August 2018 and I got the notification that the process was completed in early November 2018.

In case it is helpful to others:

I first got a job with NBIB contractor as a background investigator. I received an offer in March 2018 and filled out the SF86 for a Tier 5 investigation. I received a favorable adjudication in August 2018. I, then, got an offer as a import specialist with Customs and Border Protection under DHS. The position required Tier 4 investigation and I was told that my previous Tier 5 investigation would meet the requirements of the new position. I received an offer in August 2018 and I was cleared to work in November 2018.

I also held a Secret-level security clearance as an officer in the Army National Guard since 2014.

For those that don’t know: Tier 5 investigation are conducted for Top Secret-level positions. Tier 4 investigations are for High Risk Public Trust positions. Tier 3 investigations are for Secret-level positions. Tier 2 investigations are for Moderate Risk Public Trust positions. Tier 5 and Tier 4 investigations are very similar but Tier 5 is a bit more extensive. Tier 3 and Tier 2 investigations are very similar but Tier 3 is a bit more extensive.

Best of luck to anyone in the position.


#5

So Tier 5 is what an Investigator working on OMP contract would need, is that right @srithikdatta? Thanks M


#6

Correct, you need a favorably adjudicated Tier 5 investigation to work on the OPM/NBIB contract.


#7

Hello! I’m new here. I isually hang out in the Federal Soup or other forums. I stumbled upon your post and I’d love to DM you for a question. I hope you don’t mind – Thanks!


#8

@srithikdatta Hello! I’d love to pick your brain as you and I share a lot in common – I am soon to be a colleague and you’re a few steps ahead of me. I’d love to post here but it contains some sensitive information.
Is there any other way to reach you?

It seems clearancejobsblog does not have a private message option.


#10

Thank you. I replied via LinkedIn.
The message may be automatically filtered into ‘spam’ or ‘in-mail’ folder.
Thanks again.

-Leo


#11

Replying via Linked In is not secure. If you mean personal info, no problem. If you like sharing that info.