I’m back in California after a few weeks in Paris and London with my family. Despite my stress about the ongoing adjudication and my weekly Skype calls to diplomatic security for a status update, we managed to relax, eat some great food, explore the cities, and see some fantastic modern art (one of the common interests held by my three kids, my spouse, and me).
After returning over the week-end, we received our giant stack of vacation held mail today from the post office. At the bottom of the stack, I found the State Department golden ticket in a government-issued plain white envelope. Having cleared the suitability review (apparently two days after DSS issued my top secret security clearance), my name is now officially listed on the political cone register.
In response to my query, I received an email back from State indicating that I am 30th out of 80 on the register, many of whom are on a do not call list. Rumor has it that State will begin to issue offers to join the October A-100 class at the end of this week. Hopefully I’ll reach the top of the list by the first or second wave of political offers.