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#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:29:24 AM(UTC)

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If a former federal employee changed jobs approximately 11 times in five years, all through resignations, two through illness, does that raise "suitability," or negligence in employment issues? Or is "negligence in employment" when an employee is fired or has bad performance?

There were reasons associated with the resignations and the employee has positive performance reviews, including one cash reward incentive payment from an agency in 2018-2019. (No negative reviews or firings).

Also, when not a federal employee, what if there was two times use of CBD (not derived from hemp) prescribed medically for cancer, in a "legal" state, but 11 months ago only. It did not help and so the at that time former federal employee did not attempt to try that again. It is illegal at the federal level and the agency appears to treat it as such.

It seems DHS automatically denies suitability if any such substance was used within 12 months, but I'm not sure on other federal agencies.

Lastly, is there an interview in the case of public trust suitability adjudications? It seems in some cases, they say these are done in as little as three days, but with issues, one would imagine it could be denied.
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:54:40 AM(UTC)

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I would say that switching jobs so frequently would raise concerns but would not necessarily be a show stopper. This sort of thing is not so unusual anymore but 11 job changes in five years is a bit above the norm it would seem.

Not sure about the CBD issue but you are correct, it is still prohibited for use by current federal employees (and presumably contractors holding security clearances).

I don't know about the interview... and there are different levels of public trust... but I believe that an interview can be conducted for any investigation tier if there is an issue which needs to be cleared up.
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