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Dec 8th, 2022 at 7:26am
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Ten years ago I had my ts/sci/poly clearance stripped after a misdemeanor conviction that did not involve drug, violence, or alcohol. I was fired. I know the SF only goes back 10 years. What are the chances of getting cleared again? Any examples online of situations like mines?
  
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Reply #1 - Dec 9th, 2022 at 1:36pm
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I think you'll face an uphill battle getting a security clearance granted again. Having been convicted of a crime while holding a TS/SCI clearance will be considered highly derogatory, even a decade later. You'll want to review Adjudicative Guideline J and recent DoD security clearance determinations.
  

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Reply #2 - Dec 12th, 2022 at 1:21am
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I looked at those links and I deduce that my battle won't be so much "uphill." My situation was a one time thing, a misdemeanor, and will be over ten years since it happened. I don't have to list it under criminal activity but I guess I do have to answer the question about ever having a clearance denied or yanked away.  It kind of sucks that the SF86 goes back 10 years for some things then goes to ask, "have you ever . . . " for other things. Just like in polygraphs when they ask you about things you have EVER done which is outside of the 10-year scope. Ten years should be 10 years for everything.
  
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Reply #3 - May 17th, 2023 at 3:37pm
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I have the same question as the OP.  I have a conditional offer for a job that requires top secret clearance, but about 12 years ago I got arrested, convicted, and served a short stint in jail for a stunt where me and friends ran down the streets butt naked and trashed several stores, cars, and other property.  I was on cocaine but I didn't mention that and wasn't convicted of any drug offense, I was just convicted of vandalism and public indecency.   

However, these are misdemeanors and 12 years ago and the SF86 only asks about the last 10 years for misdemeanors, so I should be good.  I have a PhD in Computer Science specializing in computer security so my trade is in high demand.  I'm sure the government can look past my previous indiscretions and clear me again, no?

  
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Reply #4 - May 18th, 2023 at 9:48pm
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I would advise against accepting any offer that requires a polygraph. Especially if you have a skill that is in high demand.
  

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I have the same question as the OP.  I have a conditional offer for a job that requires top secret clearance, but about 12 years ago I got arrested, convicted, and served a short stint in jail for a stunt where me and friends ran down the streets butt naked and trashed several stores, cars, and other property.  I was on cocaine but I didn't mention that and wasn't convicted of any drug offense, I was just convicted of vandalism and public indecency.  

However, these are misdemeanors and 12 years ago and the SF86 only asks about the last 10 years for misdemeanors, so I should be good.  I have a PhD in Computer Science specializing in computer security so my trade is in high demand.  I'm sure the government can look past my previous indiscretions and clear me again, no?



Considering the amount of time that has passed since your conviction, I think that national security concerns regarding your conduct may well be mitigated and that you may be able to obtain a security clearance. (I am inferring that unlike the original poster, you did not hold a security clearance at the time when you were convicted.)
  

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