Think your security clearance is all about you? Think again. There’s a reason you’re required to list a spouse, significant other or cohabitant on your SF-86 – it’s because their behavior (including criminal history and debt) may be a factor in your clearance determination. It all comes down to influence. Here is a round up of four ways your spouse or significant other can screw up your security clearance – and what you can do about it.

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