Monday, September 21, 2009

Target Completion Date

October 20, 2009. Let's hope that my TS investigation stays on target! My case coordinator has been very helpful, as have the rest of my investigators. I am hoping that being in the consular cone is helping to speed up my clearance. I will find out in approximately one month!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Shoulders are Unburdened

I had my security investigation meeting on the 10th, and I have to say that I am feeling much better after having met with my investigator. He was very professional, friendly, and made me feel immediately at ease. We went through the standard questions (160 or so, though I was not asked all of them) and then the two follow-up personal questions.

So far, six investigators have been involved in my case (a lot!), but they are all getting things done in a timely manner. I definitely appreciate that. My tax problems have been cleared up, and I was issued a Certificate of Compliance, meaning that I am completely up-to-date as of right now with my taxes, and nothing is outstanding or owed on my account. Fantastic! I was able to get this to my investigation coordinator within two hours of his request this morning. I am feeling much more confident in my ability to claim a TS clearance. I hope I am not proved wrong!

Now, I'm just waiting to hear back (I'm sure it will be a few months). I am keeping my fingers crossed for an invite to the 150th A-100 in January.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moving Right Along

My face-to-face meeting with my security investigator takes place tomorrow afternoon. I'm a bit nervous, but I'm sure it will go okay.

Here's to (hopeful) articulation!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pandora's Box

My security investigation has been opened and two of my contacts have been, well, contacted. And I have SO much to accomplish before I meet with my security investigator. (Insert sigh here.)

A year ago I wouldn't have predicted myself being where I am today; maybe in a few years, sure, but not here, not now. And certainly I wouldn't have predicted this back in 2002. Which is a shame. As a decidedly naive 20-something, I neglected to take care of my taxes the way they should have been. Federal? Filed. State? Not so much. After a call to the DoR, I realized that I was missing SEVEN years of state taxes. This isn't to say that I OWE seven years of state taxes; I merely neglected to file them. In reality, they owe me a refund for each year I missed, but I won't be receiving those refunds now, and the absenteeism of paperwork is making me look rather foolish and irresponsible. I can only hope that my status of not owing taxes will be a large mitigating factor in having security and suitability panels vote in my favor.

Otherwise, dear readers, I am officially up the metaphorical river without a paddle. At least until next year.

Consider this my lesson learned.