i've been traveling from alabama back to texas and have not really been able to keep up. i wanted to comment on ths thread about your remarks concerning telling your boss and security clearances.
i got my first clearance probably before you were born, in 1971/72. in those "dark ages" any excuse was enough to deny a clearance. gays, ***s, transexuals, bi-sexuals, etc. were considered "deviant" and a threat to national security, as was mental illness. it was also at this time that abuse of controlled substances was accepted (they were having trouble getting people cleared who had served in nam), with a detailed statement as to when, where. how much, to what extent, etc. we can thank sen mcarthy and j edgar hoover for these prejudices. i am glad from your post that things may have changed. this investigation was conducted by the civil service commission on behalf of the us army. in essence, the army farmed out the invstigation.
my clearance was "upped" in about 1980 to british "secret/" they have (had) a system in place to "fastrack" a clearances through a process they called "negative vetting." in this system, they check national and international files on you to make sure you have done nothing "untoward."
in about 1883 i also got a clearance from a middle eastern country to produce a military system for them. i believe that they relied on my us and british clearances because they were unable to process me themselves - foreign governments are (were) not legaslly allowed to process security clearances in this country.
in the game i was playing back then, a person was hired "pending background investigation." during the time of the processing, one did little or nothing. i was working for the us government when i got my first clearance and they sent me to school for a year while the clearance was processed. for the brits, i started work almost immediately - it was a system with severe national security implications and whitehall considered it a top priority. the same is true of the middle eastern country.
when i got back to the states from the uk, i had to up my clearance to ts compartmentalized with endorsements. in addition to the background check, i had to undergo a polygraph. this was for a government security agency and they didn't trust anyone else's investigation, so they did their own. this took about a year. during that yr, i did virtually nothing, along with the other people hired/assigned to that project. were were placed in the "holding bin" until our clearances were completed and we could take our polygraphs. i was one of the last to have my investigation completed, probably because of my time in europe, living in germany and england.
i also spent several years as part of the security organization of an international company. in addition, i testified in open court regarding this process in the 1980s as as expert witness. all of these events are my experience. i assume that they predate yours by at least a decade, probably by more.
this is only to say that your experience is different from mine. yours is not "wrong" only "different." mine is not "wrong," only "different."
if i have a cranky bone it is only for those people who believe that theirs is the only reality and who label all others as "wrong,: stupid, ill-informed, - you get the picture.
during viet nam, i was given a choice of developing military systems, based on my education and experience, or toating a gun in the mekong delta. i made my choice quickly. with a few years out to teach full time in europe, i developed these systems for about 20 yrs. then i couldn't take it any more and went into another area of system development. and all this while you were learning to talk. amazing, isn't it?
i hope that this explaxcation is illuminating. i had to get this "out there."