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Offline enderw

Am I being too impatient?
« on: Nov 08, 2011, 10:50 »
I am currently trying to obtain an "L" security clearance for a job.  According to this website( https://ats.doe.gov/ ) my investigation ended September 30th and I'm still waiting to clear.  Does it really take a month plus to make the decision to clear somebody, or am I just worrying too much?

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Re: Am I being too impatient?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 08, 2011, 11:18 »
I am currently trying to obtain an "L" security clearance for a job.  According to this website( https://ats.doe.gov/ ) my investigation ended September 30th and I'm still waiting to clear.  Does it really take a month plus to make the decision to clear somebody, or am I just worrying too much?
Things might have changed in the last few years, but In the past "L" could take anywhere from 1 months to a year depending on how extensive the background check was. For example how many jobs you have had, how many places you have lived, how complete you filled out your paperwork  and if you had been cleared within the last 5 years or not... :Etc etc etc....

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Re: Am I being too impatient?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 08, 2011, 02:14 »
Think about where you are applying.  The .gov in that address should tell you all you need to know.
To answer you question directly, one can either be patient or impatient.  You can't be "too" much of either, nor can you be too little.  I don't think asking a question really puts you into the impatient column.
The date, September 30th, is significant.  The government essentially shuts down for a heartbeat on that date every year.  Since it is the last day of the fiscal year, a lot of stuff that is accomplished (and paid for) before that date gets stuck into the "hold for later" box awaiting funding to proceed into the next fiscal year.  All the stuff that doesn't get stuck into that box then has to compete for time and resources with the stuff that comes out of the box on October 1st.  So, even if your clearance was on-track and being done for a fully-funded, continuing project, the clearances that were awaiting funding are now taking up a lot of time and slowing yours down.
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Re: Am I being too impatient?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 08, 2011, 06:43 »
Thanks for the replies so far.  I realize that this is a government job that can't be taken lightly so they are doing their due diligence when it comes to the background check.  I just wasn't sure how often people hit the three month mark with their investigations.  Now that I know some people hit the twelve month mark, I know that I don't have too much to worry about, unless I turn out to be one of those people.  Crossing my fingers here that I don't.

 


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