Concerns about Public Trust investigation (low-level security clearance)
June 25, 2014 8:49 PM Subscribe
I am hoping someone here is knowledgeable about this issue. I work for a government contractor, and after a few months on the job was told that I need to undergo a Public Trust investigation. It's not really a security clearance per se...but it is very similar. I spoke with a consultant who used to be a gov't investigator, and also spoke to a security clearance attorney (just a brief free consultation).
posted by Maggsie97 to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the problem - not sure if it's really a problem, but I'm a bit anxious about it. I have bipolar disorder, and for a time I had a hard time keeping a job because of it; I was NEVER fired or reprimanded for anything at all, but I quit a string of jobs without notice. Two of these jobs I was at for about 10 days, and two other jobs I held for just 2 days. They really weren't right for me, but I wasn't on the right medication yet and got super stressed out, which made things worse, so I just quit abruptly. The former investigator told me that this in itself should NOT be a disqualifying factor for me, as there was no misconduct or negligence on my part. However, I am worried it may seriously delay the investigation if I list every single one of these jobs. The gov't sends a "letter of inquiry" to each employer listed; I would guess that some of these people won't even reply and may not remember me. I am wondering if I should really list every single one of these jobs?? The attorney told me he wouldn't, but the former investigator said that it is "unethical" to omit anything. I asked if the government would really be able to find out about such brief jobs...i.e. are they going to check Social Security or IRS records? And he said that no, they will not do that for a Public Trust investigation. So the only way they would find out is if someone tells them...none of my personal references are aware of these jobs, so I don't see who would tell them anything. I am NOT looking for moral judgment here...just honest opinions about what to do. I actually feel stupid making people send out letters to employers I was with for two days. But if that's what I need to do, I will do it. NOTE: I have nothing else that is of concern for the investigation; no criminal record, delinquent debt, drug abuse, etc. Not even a speeding ticket. And my psychiatrist is willing to vouch for me if they question him about my mental health.