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#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:41:50 AM(UTC)
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I'm a current federal employee with a position that that does not require security clearance and I'm applying for GS7 position in finance(payroll) that requires secret clearance that I'm highly qualified for since it's the same I performed while in the military. However we purchased our 1st home almost 4 yrs ago and within a year lots of things started to fall into need of repair or replacement to the point where we over extended ourselves and dug a hole we couldn't climb out of. So this past December we filed for chapter 13. I've been trying to get back into that field for a few years now and finally there's an opening and I've been referred to hiring manager and she's wanting me to schedule phone interview for next week but am concerned my chapter 13 will disqualify me from getting the secret clearance approval. Do I have a reason to be concerned or should I go ahead and proceed with the phone interview? Don't want to keep proceeding if there's no chance I'll get the clearance. Thanks for any advice/input...


The biggest issue is not the bankruptcy itself but whether you are abiding by the terms and making the proper payments. They will also take a hard look into the circumstances which caused you to file the Chapter 13. However, if that's the only thing in your background then you should be able to get the clearance. You most likely won't get an interim (if it is offered) thus pushing back your hiring timeline. Apply for the job and see what happens but bankruptcy in itself is not a show stopper.

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:46:39 AM(UTC)
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I’ll let you know. I’m in a similar position, going for Public Trust while in a Chap 13.

Good luck to you!
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:33:55 AM(UTC)
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I'm a current federal employee with a position that that does not require security clearance and I'm applying for GS7 position in finance(payroll) that requires secret clearance that I'm highly qualified for since it's the same I performed while in the military. However we purchased our 1st home almost 4 yrs ago and within a year lots of things started to fall into need of repair or replacement to the point where we over extended ourselves and dug a hole we couldn't climb out of. So this past December we filed for chapter 13. I've been trying to get back into that field for a few years now and finally there's an opening and I've been referred to hiring manager and she's wanting me to schedule phone interview for next week but am concerned my chapter 13 will disqualify me from getting the secret clearance approval. Do I have a reason to be concerned or should I go ahead and proceed with the phone interview? Don't want to keep proceeding if there's no chance I'll get the clearance. Thanks for any advice/input...


The biggest issue is not the bankruptcy itself but whether you are abiding by the terms and making the proper payments. They will also take a hard look into the circumstances which caused you to file the Chapter 13. However, if that's the only thing in your background then you should be able to get the clearance. You most likely won't get an interim (if it is offered) thus pushing back your hiring timeline. Apply for the job and see what happens but bankruptcy in itself is not a show stopper.





I got a tentative offer for it. Just finished all of the pre-employment requests. They're stating that they are going to request a security waiver so I can start asap(guess they're in dire need of help). But my biggest fear is that what if they deny my permanent clearance request? Then I'd be an unemployed vet with 24 yrs of service at age 44. Should I mention my chapter 13 to the HR rep to avoid that possibly happening to me? I'm just not sure they'd wait and would probably go to next candidate. And no arrests or foreign contacts or drugs(barely even drink beer let alone drugs) so only snafu is the bankruptcy which was a result of several issues(helping recently widowed/disabled mom financially, everything basically failing in our home within 18 mos of purchase).
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I'm a current federal employee with a position that that does not require security clearance and I'm applying for GS7 position in finance(payroll) that requires secret clearance that I'm highly qualified for since it's the same I performed while in the military. However we purchased our 1st home almost 4 yrs ago and within a year lots of things started to fall into need of repair or replacement to the point where we over extended ourselves and dug a hole we couldn't climb out of. So this past December we filed for chapter 13. I've been trying to get back into that field for a few years now and finally there's an opening and I've been referred to hiring manager and she's wanting me to schedule phone interview for next week but am concerned my chapter 13 will disqualify me from getting the secret clearance approval. Do I have a reason to be concerned or should I go ahead and proceed with the phone interview? Don't want to keep proceeding if there's no chance I'll get the clearance. Thanks for any advice/input...


The biggest issue is not the bankruptcy itself but whether you are abiding by the terms and making the proper payments. They will also take a hard look into the circumstances which caused you to file the Chapter 13. However, if that's the only thing in your background then you should be able to get the clearance. You most likely won't get an interim (if it is offered) thus pushing back your hiring timeline. Apply for the job and see what happens but bankruptcy in itself is not a show stopper.





I got a tentative offer for it. Just finished all of the pre-employment requests. They're stating that they are going to request a security waiver so I can start asap(guess they're in dire need of help). But my biggest fear is that what if they deny my permanent clearance request? Then I'd be an unemployed vet with 24 yrs of service at age 44. Should I mention my chapter 13 to the HR rep to avoid that possibly happening to me? I'm just not sure they'd wait and would probably go to next candidate. And no arrests or foreign contacts or drugs(barely even drink beer let alone drugs) so only snafu is the bankruptcy which was a result of several issues(helping recently widowed/disabled mom financially, everything basically failing in our home within 18 mos of purchase).


They will find out about the bankruptcy through the security check. If you get a waiver, then it is highly unlikely that they will deny your clearance. If you get denied the waiver, then you may have to sweat a little. However, there no point in willingly giving up on a job offer and thus, I would say nothing. Fill out the paperwork that they give you and let the process play out either way.
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What exactly is a waiver as opposed to an interim? I've seen where new hires or people doing interagency transfer like myself were given interim clearance so they could start while awaiting the process for clearance.
The email I have from AFPC just states "This position information reflects that this is a Non-Critical Sensitive position.  The local CPO will determine if you have the appropriate security clearance and if not, will initiate security clearance waiver."
First thing I assumed was that waiver meant they will keep me whether or not I can gain the clearance the position requires. Since they are in dire need for help(per the person who interviewed me) I guess that makes sense but doubt that is the way works..or is it?
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I'm a current federal employee with a position that that does not require security clearance and I'm applying for GS7 position in finance(payroll) that requires secret clearance that I'm highly qualified for since it's the same I performed while in the military. However we purchased our 1st home almost 4 yrs ago and within a year lots of things started to fall into need of repair or replacement to the point where we over extended ourselves and dug a hole we couldn't climb out of. So this past December we filed for chapter 13. I've been trying to get back into that field for a few years now and finally there's an opening and I've been referred to hiring manager and she's wanting me to schedule phone interview for next week but am concerned my chapter 13 will disqualify me from getting the secret clearance approval. Do I have a reason to be concerned or should I go ahead and proceed with the phone interview? Don't want to keep proceeding if there's no chance I'll get the clearance. Thanks for any advice/input...


The biggest issue is not the bankruptcy itself but whether you are abiding by the terms and making the proper payments. They will also take a hard look into the circumstances which caused you to file the Chapter 13. However, if that's the only thing in your background then you should be able to get the clearance. You most likely won't get an interim (if it is offered) thus pushing back your hiring timeline. Apply for the job and see what happens but bankruptcy in itself is not a show stopper.





I got a tentative offer for it. Just finished all of the pre-employment requests. They're stating that they are going to request a security waiver so I can start asap(guess they're in dire need of help). But my biggest fear is that what if they deny my permanent clearance request? Then I'd be an unemployed vet with 24 yrs of service at age 44. Should I mention my chapter 13 to the HR rep to avoid that possibly happening to me? I'm just not sure they'd wait and would probably go to next candidate. And no arrests or foreign contacts or drugs(barely even drink beer let alone drugs) so only snafu is the bankruptcy which was a result of several issues(helping recently widowed/disabled mom financially, everything basically failing in our home within 18 mos of purchase).


They will find out about the bankruptcy through the security check. If you get a waiver, then it is highly unlikely that they will deny your clearance. If you get denied the waiver, then you may have to sweat a little. However, there no point in willingly giving up on a job offer and thus, I would say nothing. Fill out the paperwork that they give you and let the process play out either way.





Help....just got off of phone with HR specialist at gaining station and he states that waiver was submitted and approved and that I will work under that waiver until final clearance is complete. And they're wanting to bring me on by end of this month. I questioned him about the secret clearance requirement and just said I had a financial issue recently to which he stated to contact gaining supervisor/manager with questions regarding clearance because he didn't have that type of information. Last thing I want to do is tell new supervisor/manager about the bankruptcy and how I'm concerned about getting final clearance. Any suggestions?
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, November 07, 2018 5:09:41 PM(UTC)
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I'm a current federal employee with a position that that does not require security clearance and I'm applying for GS7 position in finance(payroll) that requires secret clearance that I'm highly qualified for since it's the same I performed while in the military. However we purchased our 1st home almost 4 yrs ago and within a year lots of things started to fall into need of repair or replacement to the point where we over extended ourselves and dug a hole we couldn't climb out of. So this past December we filed for chapter 13. I've been trying to get back into that field for a few years now and finally there's an opening and I've been referred to hiring manager and she's wanting me to schedule phone interview for next week but am concerned my chapter 13 will disqualify me from getting the secret clearance approval. Do I have a reason to be concerned or should I go ahead and proceed with the phone interview? Don't want to keep proceeding if there's no chance I'll get the clearance. Thanks for any advice/input...


The biggest issue is not the bankruptcy itself but whether you are abiding by the terms and making the proper payments. They will also take a hard look into the circumstances which caused you to file the Chapter 13. However, if that's the only thing in your background then you should be able to get the clearance. You most likely won't get an interim (if it is offered) thus pushing back your hiring timeline. Apply for the job and see what happens but bankruptcy in itself is not a show stopper.





I got a tentative offer for it. Just finished all of the pre-employment requests. They're stating that they are going to request a security waiver so I can start asap(guess they're in dire need of help). But my biggest fear is that what if they deny my permanent clearance request? Then I'd be an unemployed vet with 24 yrs of service at age 44. Should I mention my chapter 13 to the HR rep to avoid that possibly happening to me? I'm just not sure they'd wait and would probably go to next candidate. And no arrests or foreign contacts or drugs(barely even drink beer let alone drugs) so only snafu is the bankruptcy which was a result of several issues(helping recently widowed/disabled mom financially, everything basically failing in our home within 18 mos of purchase).


They will find out about the bankruptcy through the security check. If you get a waiver, then it is highly unlikely that they will deny your clearance. If you get denied the waiver, then you may have to sweat a little. However, there no point in willingly giving up on a job offer and thus, I would say nothing. Fill out the paperwork that they give you and let the process play out either way.





Help....just got off of phone with HR specialist at gaining station and he states that waiver was submitted and approved and that I will work under that waiver until final clearance is complete. And they're wanting to bring me on by end of this month. I questioned him about the secret clearance requirement and just said I had a financial issue recently to which he stated to contact gaining supervisor/manager with questions regarding clearance because he didn't have that type of information. Last thing I want to do is tell new supervisor/manager about the bankruptcy and how I'm concerned about getting final clearance. Any suggestions?


The managers isn't involved with clearance. Answer the questions asked, and only the questions asked.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, November 07, 2018 7:38:31 PM(UTC)
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