Tips to Ensure Your Security Clearance Application is Processed Expeditiously
Most security clearance applications that are rejected by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are due to missing or incomplete information. Applicants can help expedite the clearance process by ensuring their application is filled out completely and accurately with current phone numbers, addresses, and contacts. If you have lived and worked overseas you should list references that are located in the United States who can verify the overseas activities. All employment, whether part-time or volunteering, and periods of unemployment are required to be listed. All educational institutes attended within the scope of the question are required to be listed; if none then the last degree awarded should be listed.
Pay special attention to making sure you obtain and provide the requested information for a spouse, co-habitant, ex-spouse, relatives, and any foreign contacts. Other areas that cause clearance application rejections are: incomplete financial delinquency information; lack of explanation for change in employment or termination; insufficient details regarding illegal drug use or alcohol abuse; missing education information; insufficient details regarding a criminal arrest; missing selective service registration information; and discrepant military service type and dates.
Providing complete and accurate information the first time takes the guesswork by the personnel processing your application out of the equation (which is greatly appreciated), and ensures your security clearance application gets processed in a timely manner. It is also advised that you keep copies of all investigative materials submitted in case you need to refer back to them at a later date.