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.
Significant other? Cohabitant? Buddy? Strictly professional? These situations can get complicated, so perhaps the best way of assessing any living situation is to approach it with this question in mind: What is the government’s motivation for inquiring?
The lesson here for applicants attempting to obtain an interim security clearance is simply this: don’t underestimate the value of the comments sections on the SF-86 form as a place to mitigate potential concerns.
Abigail Spanberger, the Democratic congressional candidate in Virginia, discovered her SF-86 was being provided to media by a Republican super PAC. Who gave it to the PAC? The United States Postal Service.
Unfortunately, despite the numerous articles which outline why attention to detail on the SF-86 is so important, a number of initial security clearance requests continue to be rejected for reasons well within the applicant’s control.
It’s easy to blame the government for the months it takes to complete a background investigation. But applicants create delays of their own. Here are three common problems with a security clearance application.