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Vader99  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:46:39 PM(UTC)
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Is it common for agencies (IC) to do the background/poly/medical/CJO on an applicant and then never give a final answer? Basically just saying that you’re actively processing any time you check in. You would think with all the money and time spent on an applicant, they would give a definite yes or no.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:05:43 PM(UTC)
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Is it common for agencies (IC) to do the background/poly/medical/CJO on an applicant and then never give a final answer? Basically just saying that you’re actively processing any time you check in. You would think with all the money and time spent on an applicant, they would give a definite yes or no.


How long have you been waiting? The security clearance takes some time and many factors will affect the length. You will receive a final answer in due time.
That's all I got to say about that.
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#3 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 4:47:47 AM(UTC)
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I’ve been in the process for more than a year. The main reason I asked is I’ve read other posters on this site say they’ve been processing for years and have never heard anything except that their file is still active when they check in.
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#4 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 11:58:29 AM(UTC)
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I'm "actively processing" and received my CJO December 2016. This is for a TS/SCI clearance, and I have undergone all background/poly/medical processes. Maybe they will get back to me, maybe they won't... good thing they told me to go about my life and not to put things on hold.
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#5 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 12:02:26 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: country mouse Go to Quoted Post
I'm "actively processing" and received my CJO December 2016. This is for a TS/SCI clearance, and I have undergone all background/poly/medical processes. Maybe they will get back to me, maybe they won't... good thing they told me to go about my life and not to put things on hold.


That has to be extremely frustrating. You’d think if they didn’t want you, they would say no and let you reapply later. I assume you get the same “actively processing” update every time you check in?
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#6 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 12:42:20 PM(UTC)
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I'm "actively processing" and received my CJO December 2016.
CJO in December 2016, let's say that the investigation was initiated in January 2017... coming up on two years.

Two years for TS/SCI is not unheard of, but...

To paraphrase a recent famous quote... "I guess it all depends on your definition of 'actively'"

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#7 Posted : Monday, January 21, 2019 7:45:38 AM(UTC)
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Has it been frustrating? Well, I would say yes, it was initially. I had higher expectations then. Now, I don't pay much attention and every time they reach out is a surprise... kind of like, "Seriously?! I thought for sure you were done with me or I'd been forgotten."

I do call every few months to check on the status. Last October, I got a call from them, letting me know my point of contact had been reassigned and that I'd be receiving a letter with that individual's contact information...Imagine my surprise when I really did! However, I don't give it much value at this point. From my perspective, I have an ongoing COE from December 2016, and who knows if anything will come from it. This system is obviously broken. If they aren't planning on offering a position, I do wish they would simply let me know.
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#8 Posted : Monday, January 21, 2019 7:49:17 AM(UTC)
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If they aren't planning on offering a position, I do wish they would simply let me know.
Ah but that would mean that somebody had to make a decision.

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#9 Posted : Monday, January 21, 2019 8:08:55 AM(UTC)
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I have been paying attention to the periodic reports on security clearance investigations: https://news.clearancejo...clearance-news-of-2018/. Apparently, the average length of time to getting a top secret clearance is 534 days. I am currently at 766 days, or about 25 months; that's extreme by anyone's perspective, I would think. So, Vader99, good luck - I hope your clearance moves right along and you hear something soon!
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