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Mar 10th, 2006 at 2:33am
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Back in 1995 I applied for an INS Immigration Inspector position.  The OPM conducted the background investigation and because a former employer said some very negative and false things about me the OPM said I was unsuitable for employment.

I got a copy of the investigation and I appealed the decision giving my truthful version of the events in question.  The OPM elected to believe my former employer, and debared me from Federal employment for three years.

I have just gotten a job offer to be a civilian police officer with the Department of the Army.  The job requires that I get a Secret clearance.  I just sent off the SF-86 for investigation and I was totally honest about the above situation on the SF-86.  I realize that it is my word against my former employer, and to complicate matters the former employer is long out of business and I have lost touch with former co-workers who could verify that my version of events was the truth and that my former employer and I did not like each other and he was sticking it to me.

I am hoping that since just over 10 years has passed since the incident the passage of time has mitigated the problem.  Does anyone know if the OPM or INS would even still have a copy of the 1995 investigation?  Would the debarment come up in a National Agency Search?  Do I have a realistic chance of being granted a clearance or will the fact that I was debared sink me right away?
  
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Re: Debarred from Federal Employment Question
Reply #1 - Mar 11th, 2006 at 4:50am
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Two different departments. 

As long as you have been honest I would not worry too much about it.
  

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Reply #2 - Mar 20th, 2006 at 11:11pm
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Thanks Dimas.  My paperwork was submitted for an interm clearance and I am waiting to hear back.
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 29th, 2006 at 2:49am
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I got the phone call today that I was granted an interm Secret clearance.  I realize that this is only interm but I think that if DISCO did not feel I can earn a clearance they would not have granted me an interm one.

It took me 13 long years but I finally get to be a cop again!  It feels so good I want to shout!
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 11th, 2009 at 6:27pm
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INS was abolished and transformed into USCIS, Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
  
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Reply #5 - Nov 11th, 2018 at 12:32am
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Has ANYONE ever been able to secure a federal position and security clearance after the end of the disbarment?  I have been unfairly disbarred and can't fight it well in court without a $30,000 lawyer.  I just want to know what hope I'll have getting another federal position in the future.
  
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