What happens to a cleance if I leave the job?
March 14, 2011 9:22 AM Subscribe
Will a U.S. security clearance investigation in progress be halted if I leave my sponsoring company?
posted by anonymous to work & money (5 answers total)
I work for a federal contractor ("SupportCo"). I provide on-site support to a department ("GovPlace") that does not handle sensitive information. My current contract with GovPlace is ending in a couple of months and my manager at SupportCo wants to sponsor me for a secret clearance so I can move to another contract (with...let's say DOD) after it ends. I would be amenable to this.
Coincidentally, my clients at GovPlace are in the process of insourcing a number of duties that are currently performed by contractors. As it happens, there is an opening in GovPlace now that would do pretty much exactly what I do for them (and would pay more, with better benefits) and my clients have indicated that they would love for me to come on board as a fed. It's not the greatest job, but it would be a step forward. I'm going to apply for it.
Questions aplenty: Provided that I end up being offered the position at GovPlace (which I know is not 100% assured) and accept it, what would happen to my clearance investigation? (I assume that this would happen after the interim clearance is offered, since the GovPlace HR process would probably take a couple of months.) Would SupportCo be able to just pull the plug on the investigation, or would it naturally just end? If the clearance did get granted in this time, would I be able to claim an active clearance for future use even if I never started the contract it was ostensibly for? And finally, is there any kind of ethical concern that I may be wasting SupportCo's (or DOD's) money? (Apart from some extensive international travel, I don't see a reason why I'd be denied clearance, and again, there's still a chance I may end up on the SupportCo contract with DOD.)