The Standard Form (SF) 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, is the form that is used by military personnel, government contractors, and government employees to apply for Security Clearance.
For most people, determining whether they have been fired (or quit after being told they would be fired) doesn’t require much mental energy.
Any new applicants or individuals submitting their periodic reinvestigations will see the newer, slightly more intuitive application. Old SF-86 applications will no longer be accepted.
It will take some strategizing to work your way into the cleared field of your choice, but it is not impossible.
Jared Kushner has been waiting 300 days for final adjudication of his security clearance – he’s a member of the nearly 700,000 backlogged.
Line up your ducks and be sure that the SF-86 is accurate, support docs, and rolodex of foreign relatives are in hand during your security clearance interview.
Ten months after a conviction for tax evasion one Capitol Hill Staffer is being indicted for the federal offense of willfully making a false statement on his SF-86.
Security clearance delays are a reality. The good news is that a savvy security clearance applicant can actually leverage the delays to his or her benefit.
The expectation is simple. Tell the truth. Or don’t apply. Or lie and face a felony.
NBIB’s guide can be helpful—it will set some expectations and help you collect the information you need before you’re hit with questions (not that this is a test).
OPM is very, very serious about the SF-86 and what it represents to national security. And in very real ways, your future is at stake, whether or not you get that clearance.
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