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Old 01-20-2021, 4:44pm   #1
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So I'm on my 2nd guv project, and started it back in September. I had to do all sorts of forms for background checks, blah blah blah. Today was the super bowl deadline of the project I'm on, and literally 5 minutes after my last data load to fulfill all of my responsibilities on this project...I get a call from the FBI, and an hour later, an in-person interview at my house.

So at the end of the day, I finished the primary directive of my engagement since September (I am on the project until April), I have 2 .guv notebooks for this contract, and even have a 3rd for the first project, and one of the 3 is super high security, and TODAY they do the background interview.
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I got two 24 packs of Diet Coke for $15.00! That's .31 a can!
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don't tell them about all your friends here, those guys will spend a month bothering us all.
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don't tell them about all your friends here, those guys will spend a month bothering us all.
Agent left my house and went 6 doors down to bug a neighbor.
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Agent left my house and went 6 doors down to bug a neighbor.
that's normal.

you give them a list of people that can vouch for you. they contact them and then ask them who else does Data know. and they go down a few levels until they meet their quota or find dirt. basically they want to assure themselves that Data is trustworthy, honest, has no weird associates is not deeply in debt or have other bad habits (like race cars)

the higher the clearance, the more checking they do.

paper shuffling at its best.
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that's normal.

you give them a list of people that can vouch for you. they contact them and then ask them who else does Data know. and they go down a few levels until they meet their quota or find dirt. basically they want to assure themselves that Data is trustworthy, honest, has no weird associates is not deeply in debt or have other bad habits (like race cars)

the higher the clearance, the more checking they do.

paper shuffling at its best.

I had to “vouch” for a US Atty General years ago. Guy asking questions was Barnie Fife and a contractor. WTF

Wife still laughs at the ass hat who vetted us
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I had contractors sit at my kitchen table and ask me about two different folks who were getting top secret clearances, one of whom is now a federal judge. Knowing what I know about the FBI now, I would definitely not invite them into my home or answer any of their questions.

I get that OP had to submit to that because he has a .gov contract, so his case is a little different.

Data, I hope you hid any Trump memorabilia you may have before they came calling, lest you lose your contract AND end up on a no fly list. I expect extreme vindictiveness for the next 4 years.



Edit: More recently, I had a contractor leave a card on the door. My neighbor's son joined the Army, and he wanted to ask me about the neighbors, generally I guess. By the time I called him back, he said he'd talked to a couple of my other neighbors and didn't need anything from me.
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I got two 24 packs of Diet Coke for $15.00! That's .31 a can!
The stuff's garbage, but I guess people still drink it. Also, that's not exactly a great deal. Here in Tejas, you can sometimes get Coke 12 packs @ 4 for $ 12, or $ 3 a 12 pack. You paid the equivalent of $ 3.75 per 12 pack. Who even knows how many hundreds of $'s that would be in Canadian money.



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that's normal.

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the higher the clearance, the more checking they do.

paper shuffling at its best.
Fortunately, other than a mortgage, I have zero debt, monster credit score, and a very large chunk of change in my checking and savings. I'm not sure they'll find any red flags there.
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other bad habits (like race cars)
Fun fact, brought the agent in the front door, with the disclaimer that the house is under major renovation projects (looks like shit, shit everywhere), we met on my lanai, again major shit, do to pool cage refurb, and then we left the house via the garage. Both Vettes, and 2 of G's cars in there. As soon as I opened the door, said agent said "wow". So much for no emotion.
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Can you give us all the details on the project: how much, where, completion date, what branch of .guv, etc.?
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The stuff's garbage, but I guess people still drink it. Also, that's not exactly a great deal. Here in Tejas, you can sometimes get Coke 12 packs @ 4 for $ 12, or $ 3 a 12 pack. You paid the equivalent of $ 3.75 per 12 pack. Who even knows how many hundreds of $'s that would be in Canadian money.



Diet Coke makes fat people feel better about being fat.
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Data, I hope you hid any Trump memorabilia you may have before they came calling, lest you lose your contract AND end up on a no fly list. I expect extreme vindictiveness for the next 4 years.
I don't have any political things in my house ever. What I'm registered as is part of the record, other than that, all you're going to find is LOTS of cars and LOTS of computers.
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Can you give us all the details on the project: how much, where, completion date, what branch of .guv, etc.?


I wouldn't have to kill you, I'd have to kill myself before divulging.
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I wouldn't have to kill you, I'd have to kill myself before divulging.


I could tell you some crap and we could kill each other.

Not really. I do pretty mundane stuff.
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I could tell you some crap and we could kill each other.

Not really. I do pretty mundane stuff.
But, on a serious note, the amount of clearance needed by me for one of the assets I have is huge...and to get around to the background check AFTER I finish the major portion of the project is mind boggling.
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Diet Coke makes fat people feel better about being fat.
Diabetics drink diet soda, friend switched to diet coke when he was diagnosed with type 2.
Limits his intake to a can or 2 a day though.
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But, on a serious note, the amount of clearance needed by me for one of the assets I have is huge...and to get around to the background check AFTER I finish the major portion of the project is mind boggling.
Yeah, I don’t get that either. The clearance backlog is significant. Had a TS for a minute but took a better job that didn’t need it. When it expired, they took it away and leveled me down. Fine with me. Don’t need it, don’t want it. But giving a big job to someone before they have the appropriate clearance is dumb, to put it mildly.
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Limits his intake to a can or 2 a day though.
Roger that. Didn’t think about that. I used to drink the stuff too but figured why? Real sugar or even HFCS is better than whatever they put in diet drinks.
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