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SourGrape1  
#1 Posted : Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:38:28 AM(UTC)
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Seems like a really interesting job that I might try to pursue. Assuming an applicant has a Bachelor's degree with no experience what so ever but does have a Top Secret clearance, what are some salary predictions one can gain as a contract investigators for companies like USIS, CACI, etc.? I live in the DC area if that helps. Also, can someone that does this type of work describe the workload, maybe hours worked each week, etc. Thanks a lot.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:06:36 AM(UTC)
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Are you looking into becoming an employee of one of the OPM contractors (USIS, Keypoint-formerly Kroll, Caci, etc)?  Or are you looking to become a contract investigator performing subcontract work for these companies?  This makes a big difference.  Not sure what they pay currently is for the employee investigators but I know it isn't that much.  I'm pretty sure you can only be approved by OPM to come in as a contract investigator (not an employee investigator contracted to OPM) if you already have personnel security background investigation experience.  Check out the website jobvent dot com-plug in the companies you are interested in working for and that will give you an idea of what the work is like and what the company cultures are like.  True contract investigators (1099 people) have very different schedules, as they generally dictate how much work they want and where they are willing to work.  As a result, income can vary greatly. 
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#3 Posted : Monday, December 06, 2010 6:44:24 AM(UTC)
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The DC area is a high band pay area -- I am not sure what the starting pay is but it would be in the 40K to low 50K to start. The all other starting pay band is approximately 35K.

You can not be an independent contractor with no experience. OPM will not allow you onto the contract if you don't have 3 years of background investigation experience within the last 5-6 years. You would have to start with either USIS or Keypoint Gov't Services to get your foot into the door.

The contracting companies have full-time and intermittent positions which are supervised. Once you gain experience and have been released by the contracting company, you can become an independent contractor (IC). As an IC - your pay is how much you produce while meeting timeliness and quality standards. The unspoken side of being an IC - your work may be reduced if the work load reduces in your area. This is not normally an issue in the DC area though.

This work is not for everyone. Many give up less than a year after starting. This is not the easy "retirement" job many are looking for. Your daily life is impacted by the Feds, state/local laws, and the business environment.




*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:27:54 AM(UTC)
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I'm starting with OPM as an investigator in the DC area in January.  I think I'll really like the job, and do have several years of investigative experience.  I'm curious why "many give up less than a year after starting". That statement scares me a little bit.  What can I expect working for OPM, and what can I expect from my career as a first year investigator?  Details, details :)
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:03:36 AM(UTC)
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Please PM me and I will try to explain... Smile
*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, April 16, 2011 4:41:56 AM(UTC)
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i'm currently a background investigator and i hate my job. considering applying to personnel security specialist jobs and, from there getting experience in the other Security disciplines and eventually qualifying for an FSO position. 

any advice for me?
cinndy  
#7 Posted : Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:54:14 AM(UTC)
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Hello,
Please tell me where to apply for one of these type positions or any contractor's position with the Federal or State Governments.  I don't know where to apply.  Thanks
ForzaMilan  
#8 Posted : Sunday, August 14, 2011 8:57:07 AM(UTC)
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You can start with any of the companies that do clearances for the government. So far I know of USIS, Keypoint and Caci. That's a starting point

eclipse0001  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:38:57 AM(UTC)
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Out of the three companies mentioned, I would say that Keypoint or CACI are the best ones to work for.  I worked for USIS.  I wouldn't take 100k per year to go back and work for them.
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#10 Posted : Friday, December 16, 2011 1:16:52 AM(UTC)
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Hello, First my question if you don't mind elaborating; Why do you say you would not go back to work for USIS verses CACI or Keypoint? If you could be specific, I would appreciate it. I am currently considering applying for Keypoint as I heard the salary is actually higher than USIS and I am worried about USIS due to reasons as follows:
I am current USIS Investigator and have been so since 2007 in Alabama. No real problems other than occassional "overload" of cases. I look at it as I can only do what I can do. Anyway, if you do not know, USIS is now downsizing; doing away with District Mgrs, team leaders and Wll's(work load leaders). While I do not have a real problem with them "restructuring", the current DM's, TL's and WLL's are basically without a job come January(Corporate told them they would give them severance package). My concern is that USIS has no "concern" for it's employees as it is basically letting go of hundreds of the DM's, TL'S and WLL's. USIS is not even allowing then to take lower level positions of investigator. Seems the company has no loyalty to employees.
Thanks so much for any words of wisdom!!!!!
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