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#521 Posted : Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:00:07 PM(UTC)
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It's been a while since I applied, so I don't remember exactly when.

Here's my timeline:

12/2018 Phone interview for Software Engineer position
1/2019 Received notification from another recruiter regarding the Cyber Capabilities Specialist position
2/2019 Online interview for second position
2/2019 Phone calls from both recruiters regarding CJO
2/2019 Transcript sent
3/2/2019 Signed documents to give NSA permission to obtain info
3/6/2019 Written CJO for both positions
3/8/2019 Submitted SF-86
3/11/2019 Request to revise SF-86
3/11/2019 Revised and sent SF-86

I haven't heard anything from them since then. Is it typical to wait for this long? I'm worried that my hospitalizations during college (first time was voluntary, second time it was not; college was a rough time) may hinder my chances.


Investigators are probably talking to all of those college folks most likely. Also, depends on the area you live in. In may have a heavy case load.
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#522 Posted : Thursday, October 31, 2019 5:22:37 AM(UTC)
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Been lurking this thread for a few months now, so I figured I'd throw my timeline out there!

1/2019 - Applied
3/2019 - Recruiter requested transcripts
3/2019 - Operational Interview
4/2019 - CJO, received eqip
5/2019 - Completed Security Paperwork (after a few back and forths...)
7/2019 - Interview with Investigator
7/2019-8/2019 - References contacted
10/2019 - Poly/psych scheduled for mid-November

Hoping for the best for everyone!
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#523 Posted : Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:11:42 AM(UTC)
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Update to my processing timeline for IADP:

10/2017 - Applied
10/2018 - Operational Interview
11/2018 - CJO
11/2018 - e-QIP
05/2019 - Met with background investigator
05/2019 - References contacted by background investigator
07/2019 - Psych & Poly #1 (Inconclusive)
07/2019 - Poly #2 (Pass)
10/2019 - FJO
01/2020 - EOD

I made it through! Planning on moving just in time for Christmas so I can be with my family for the holidays. It does look like I increased the average times for several of the segments of the process since it has been almost exactly 2 years since I applied to the NSA.

For background, I applied while still in college and have international travel to Canada, Mexico, a US ally (1 month), and a nation critical of the US (3 days). Can't be more specific on the last two without doxxing myself, but I made sure to keep a small journal of everywhere I went and everyone I had come into contact with that I was able to share with the investigator. I have no continuing contact with any foreign nationals and only limited use of marijuana 2+ years ago.

I'll stick around as I finish out my current job, so feel free to ask questions and I'll try to answer the best that I can!



Congrats! I am on a similar timeline for the application, CJO, BI, Poly/Psych... hopefully I hear back on and receive a FJO soon, I am definitely getting antsy.

Hope to see you on the other side!

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#524 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:44:57 AM(UTC)
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Hi everyone, I’ve been following this thread since about October 18 and just registered and figured I’d give my timeline.

8/18 Applied
9/18 interview
10/18 CJO
11/18 Submitted sf86
1/19 requested clarification for sf86
2/19 soft credit pull
5/19 met with BI and and references contacted

I recently got an email come in from recruitment office saying I’m in the suitability process so they give me any timeline. Haven’t even scheduled poly/psych. I’m young but have a lot of foreign travel in the past 5 years so I sure that’s holding me up a little bit.


Updated:
8/18 Applied
9/18 interview
10/18 CJO
11/18 Submitted sf86
1/19 requested clarification for sf86
2/19 soft credit pull
5/19 met with BI and and references contacted
7/19 psych and poly (failed first poly)
7/19 second poly passed
9/19 phone call from recruitment office stating I’m still in processing
11/2/19 second phone call from recruitment office saying I’m still in processing

It’s nice for the recruitment office to call me to let me know I’m still active in the process, but everytime I just it to be to let me know I have an FJO waiting for me. In month 4 after poly so I feel like it’ll be soon I hear something cause I’m seen some people average 5 months after poly to hear something.

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#525 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:04:18 AM(UTC)
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Update to my processing timeline for IADP:

10/2017 - Applied
10/2018 - Operational Interview
11/2018 - CJO
11/2018 - e-QIP
05/2019 - Met with background investigator
05/2019 - References contacted by background investigator
07/2019 - Psych & Poly #1 (Inconclusive)
07/2019 - Poly #2 (Pass)
10/2019 - FJO
01/2020 - EOD

I made it through! Planning on moving just in time for Christmas so I can be with my family for the holidays. It does look like I increased the average times for several of the segments of the process since it has been almost exactly 2 years since I applied to the NSA.

For background, I applied while still in college and have international travel to Canada, Mexico, a US ally (1 month), and a nation critical of the US (3 days). Can't be more specific on the last two without doxxing myself, but I made sure to keep a small journal of everywhere I went and everyone I had come into contact with that I was able to share with the investigator. I have no continuing contact with any foreign nationals and only limited use of marijuana 2+ years ago.

I'll stick around as I finish out my current job, so feel free to ask questions and I'll try to answer the best that I can!


Congratulations!!
Hoping I hear something soon. Minus the year at the beginning of your process, my timeline is pretty much the same as yours.
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#526 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 6:45:37 AM(UTC)
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09/18 - Applied
09/18 - Resume/Transcripts requested
10/18 - Recruiter Introduction/Scheduling of Interview
11/18 - Interviewed
12/18 - CJO
12/18 - eQIP submitted
01/19 - Credit Pulled
04/19 - Poly (Passed)
04/19 - Psych Completed, Documents Requested
05/19 - Requested documents returned
07/19 - BI Subject Interview face to face, with current employer also.
08/19 - Recruiter notified me that the remainder of my processing could take 4-6 months average, voicemail to tell me I am still processing
10/19 - 3rd new recruiter, no update.




Since applying: 427 days
Since Interview: 360 days
Since CJO: 335 days
Since SF86 submission: 319 days


Just refreshing my timeline. Although my poly was 6 months ago, my subject interview was only 3 months ago. So if the 4 to 6 month range given by recruiters applies, I expect to hear something December - February.

I check in about once a month. Other than a new recruiter, its been quiet.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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#527 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 12:04:25 PM(UTC)
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09/18 - Applied
09/18 - Resume/Transcripts requested
10/18 - Recruiter Introduction/Scheduling of Interview
11/18 - Interviewed
12/18 - CJO
12/18 - eQIP submitted
01/19 - Credit Pulled
04/19 - Poly (Passed)
04/19 - Psych Completed, Documents Requested
05/19 - Requested documents returned
07/19 - BI Subject Interview face to face, with current employer also.
08/19 - Recruiter notified me that the remainder of my processing could take 4-6 months average, voicemail to tell me I am still processing
10/19 - 3rd new recruiter, no update.




Since applying: 427 days
Since Interview: 360 days
Since CJO: 335 days
Since SF86 submission: 319 days


Just refreshing my timeline. Although my poly was 6 months ago, my subject interview was only 3 months ago. So if the 4 to 6 month range given by recruiters applies, I expect to hear something December - February.

I check in about once a month. Other than a new recruiter, its been quiet.

Keeping my fingers crossed.



Are you applying for a patience related position because you're excelling?
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#528 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 1:07:49 PM(UTC)
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Are you applying for a patience related position because you're excelling?


Haha well its obvious that its not a mission critical role, I suppose. Definitely mission support related.

The weird part is they gave me a CJO in 2018, based off of a degree I didn't have at the time, and wasn't suppose to receive until 2020. Granted, my then/now current standings still left me eligible for the position, but I have always wondered why it was done this way, and if they do intend to wait until I graduate with that degree.

I am interested to see how it plays out, but I will wait as long as necessary if that means getting a chance at this opportunity.

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#529 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:24:29 AM(UTC)
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NSA timeline

Applied 1/15/19
Phone interview request 1/22/19
Phone interview 1/29/19
Operational interview scheduled 2/27/19
Operational interview 3/29/19
CJO call received 4/12/19
CJO paperwork received 4/19/19
eQIP received 6/21/19
eQIP submitted 6/22/19
Request for more information/ info submitted 6/24/19
Soft Credit Check 6/27/19



8/1/19 - Contacted by BI to schedule interview
8/2/19 - Scheduled interview with BI


9/23/19 - email from recruiter, poly/psych scheduled for end of October


10/29 - psych completed, second poly scheduled for 11/5.



11/5/19 - 2nd poly passed. Now I wait.

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#530 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:00:58 AM(UTC)
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What could be reasons for a background investigation to take up almost a year?
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#531 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:26:18 AM(UTC)
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What could be reasons for a background investigation to take up almost a year?


There really isn't a straight forward answer to this. It comes down to so many factors, it really could be anything. Funding, position, candidates history, candidates travel, etc etc.

I will say, I submitted my SF86 in December, and it wasn't finished being processed until March. And that was without any revisions needed. I had been told back then that it would take 3-5 months, so being on the 3 months sides of things was quick. Sometimes this can take longer, and definitely if revisions are needed, from what I have seen.

Have you followed up with your recruiter since March?

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#532 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:30:12 AM(UTC)
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What could be reasons for a background investigation to take up almost a year?


There really isn't a straight forward answer to this. It comes down to so many factors, it really could be anything. Funding, position, candidates history, candidates travel, etc etc.

I will say, I submitted my SF86 in December, and it wasn't finished being processed until March. And that was without any revisions needed. I had been told back then that it would take 3-5 months, so being on the 3 months sides of things was quick. Sometimes this can take longer, and definitely if revisions are needed, from what I have seen.

Have you followed up with your recruiter since March?



I have contacted both my recruiters every month since March, but all they kept saying was that I'm still actively processing and that if they hear anything they will contact me.
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#533 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:49:06 AM(UTC)
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It could also be if you live in a larger city, the case load the BI have could be high. Like BatDog said, there are SO many factors at play.
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#534 Posted : Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:46:55 PM(UTC)
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Updating

11/18: Applied
11/18: Told they'd schedule a math test soon
2/19: They actually scheduled the math test even though I'd been pestering them for 3 months
2/19: Take math test
3/19: Got CJO (at a pretty undervalued salary based on their own brackets and my credentials and experience, but told I can't negotiate until later), asked for e-qip forms. Three or four times between 3/19 and 5/19 they send e-qip back asking for trivial changes, which take about two hours to do each time
5/19: Told my forms were accepted and my investigation has started
5/19: Met an investigator in person and he talked to me + some of my friends and coworkers
7/19: Told I'm in suitability checking, polygraph and psych schedule for 8/19
8/19: Psych exams, failed polygraph, had "normal" job interviews with the team I'd be working with if I take the job, psychologist asked for some medical records which I got emailed to him by the end of the month. Team I'd be working with said they expect to finish their committee and voting on whether they want me or not in about 2-2.5 months.
9/19: Passed polygraph. Polygraph examiner said usually it's about 2 months after this to finish the process on the security side. No idea if that's accurate or not, he didn't seem like he was totally confident in that estimate.
Late 10/19: Told that a batch of candidates in my department will be decided on starting on a certain day in 11/19. No idea if that means that's when I'll actually hear about the results, though.


update
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#535 Posted : Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:34:25 AM(UTC)
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Hello all, I figured I’d share my timeline. I really appreciate seeing posts from other members regarding their timelines.

12/18 Interview
2/19 CJO
2/19 Submitted forms/paperwork
4/19 Employer contacted
6/19 Psych/poly
6/19 2nd poly (was not told I passed, unsure of results)
7/19 Received suitability email
10/19 Received call on behalf of my recruiter stating I am still active in processing

Side note - I have been in touch with my recruiter several times via email since my 2nd poly and have been told I’m still processing with security

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#536 Posted : Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:11:46 PM(UTC)
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I've been hanging on here for a while and figured it was time to add my timeline to the mix...

9/20/2018 - Submitted application
4/10/2019 - Interview
5/28/2019 - Prescreen phone call
6/4/2019 - Transcripts and resume sent
6/11/2019 - CJO
6/28/2019 - SF-86 submitted
9/13/2019 - BI Interview
9/16-9/20 - Neighbors, friends, and professors contacted by investigators


My BI called yesterday and said investigation is complete and being sent to review. If I don't hear anything in two weeks, then the investigation portion has been completed and sent to the next step. Waiting to be scheduled for Poly & Psych. After waiting 8 months to hear back from my application, the last 3 months have felt pretty quick to go from SF-86 to the investigation portion being (almost/hopefully) complete. The waiting game continues! I appreciate everyone's timeline updates!


Update:

10/19 - Scheduled for poly and psych for the end of the month


11/19 - Psych pass and second poly scheduled for mid November

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#537 Posted : Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:02:21 AM(UTC)
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I have been following this forum for quite some time with various timelines so I thought I’d throw mine in.

05/2019-Applied
06/2019-Interview
07/2019-CJO with submission of SF-86 forms
10/2019- Polygraph 1, need to retest one section
11/2019-phone call still in suitability processing
11/2019-phone call background has not started yet
11/2019-Psych evaluation and 2nd polygraph
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Been lurking for a bit, so here's my timeline so far -

9/19 - attended NSA event at my school and applied; realized that I forgot to reference the tech recruiter who told me to apply and asked for advice, IC careers told me to reapply, did so; invited to do a HireVue interview
10/19 - interview completed
10/19 - CJO extended; SF-86 requested; contacted by technical recruiter (different one) to chat on the phone; SF-86 submitted; chat on phone with tech recruiter; security team reaches out and asks for additional information regarding two points on my SF-86; forms resubmitted (within a day or two); recruiter informs me to expect a 6 to 9 month time period on clearance
11/19 - another recruiter lets me know that the security team has confirmed that they've received my paperwork and the scheduling team will reach out to me to schedule my suitability processing (Poly/Psych/Discussions with various managers)

I put in for the computer science professional entry level position, if that makes any difference. Haven't traveled out of the country in the last 14 or 15 years, no felonies/misdemeanors, only lived in one place for the past 10 years. What'll make things interesting for me is that I've got a few foreign contacts I know through online writing, all from friendly nations though. We shall see. Settling in for the long wait.
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Been lurking for a bit, so here's my timeline so far -

9/19 - attended NSA event at my school and applied; realized that I forgot to reference the tech recruiter who told me to apply and asked for advice, IC careers told me to reapply, did so; invited to do a HireVue interview
10/19 - interview completed
10/19 - CJO extended; SF-86 requested; contacted by technical recruiter (different one) to chat on the phone; SF-86 submitted; chat on phone with tech recruiter; security team reaches out and asks for additional information regarding two points on my SF-86; forms resubmitted (within a day or two); recruiter informs me to expect a 6 to 9 month time period on clearance
11/19 - another recruiter lets me know that the security team has confirmed that they've received my paperwork and the scheduling team will reach out to me to schedule my suitability processing (Poly/Psych/Discussions with various managers)

I put in for the computer science professional entry level position, if that makes any difference. Haven't traveled out of the country in the last 14 or 15 years, no felonies/misdemeanors, only lived in one place for the past 10 years. What'll make things interesting for me is that I've got a few foreign contacts I know through online writing, all from friendly nations though. We shall see. Settling in for the long wait.


I can imagine your process being quick as it seemed to be going through quickly; until I read about the foreign contacts. Just make sure you don't tell the foreign contacts about your position and application.
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Been lurking for a bit, so here's my timeline so far -

9/19 - attended NSA event at my school and applied; realized that I forgot to reference the tech recruiter who told me to apply and asked for advice, IC careers told me to reapply, did so; invited to do a HireVue interview
10/19 - interview completed
10/19 - CJO extended; SF-86 requested; contacted by technical recruiter (different one) to chat on the phone; SF-86 submitted; chat on phone with tech recruiter; security team reaches out and asks for additional information regarding two points on my SF-86; forms resubmitted (within a day or two); recruiter informs me to expect a 6 to 9 month time period on clearance
11/19 - another recruiter lets me know that the security team has confirmed that they've received my paperwork and the scheduling team will reach out to me to schedule my suitability processing (Poly/Psych/Discussions with various managers)

I put in for the computer science professional entry level position, if that makes any difference. Haven't traveled out of the country in the last 14 or 15 years, no felonies/misdemeanors, only lived in one place for the past 10 years. What'll make things interesting for me is that I've got a few foreign contacts I know through online writing, all from friendly nations though. We shall see. Settling in for the long wait.


I can imagine your process being quick as it seemed to be going through quickly; until I read about the foreign contacts. Just make sure you don't tell the foreign contacts about your position and application.


Yeah, didn't say a word about where or what. They're all from Canada, Australia, Sweden, and GB, so, we'll see I guess. I don't graduate until August 2020, so, I'm just hoping that's enough time. The second tech recruiter and a friend of mine who used to have clearance doesn't seem to think they'll be an issue since they're all online friends from allied nations.
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