I’m a current federal employee with DHS. I received an interim clearance and started work in my position, which required a secret clearance, earlier this year. I recently received a copy of my background check and due to some fairly outrageous lies by a previous employer I expect to get a statement of reasons. What can I expect when that hammer drops? Will I be escorted from the premises and placed on leave without pay, or will I be allowed to continue working pending the final adjudication of the case? I’m not particularly excited about what could potentially be months winding through this process.
I’m almost certain I will ultimately prevail - I have substantial documentation that disproves my employer’s statements - but my investigator didn’t bother to include it in the report he sent to my agency, so it looks like it’s just my word against theirs, and I’m not confident in those odds given the adjudicator’s obligation to decide against the applicant in the event of any doubt.