Q & A Session – Listing a Foreign Associate on SF-86


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am in a long distance relationship with a foreigner, but did not put him down on my SF-86 under the question related to foreign associates, as I did not understand the question correctly. During my personal interview, I asked for clarification and was forthcoming with all details pertaining to my relationship with the person. Will this result in a denial of my clearance because it was not listed initially?


No, it will not definitely result in a loss of a clearance, but it will be a factor to be considered. If unsure on the SF-86, it is better to err on the side of disclosure, or seek expert advice.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

1 Comment

  1. Of course the reason they left off the foreign citizen is because he/she was the employee’s handler. The officer for the foreign intelligence service that’s running the whole case isn’t worried either because the adjudicator that reads the case is an idiot too.

    No it will defiantly not be a reason to deny…come on use your brain. There are a thousand unknown variables in this question. Your answer is wildly reckless and shortsighted.

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