Federal agencies require individuals with security clearances to promptly report a wide range of security and suitability issues to their security officers.
These requirements vary somewhat from agency to agency, but many follow the reporting requirements listed in Do D Regulation 5200.2-R, “Department of Defense Personnel Security Program.” The term, “self-reporting,” only applies to: 1) individuals with active security clearances and 2) applicants for security clearances who have already submitted a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF86) and are waiting on a clearance determination.
While dual citizenship is still not an automatic bar, it is looked at much more closely than before and with considerable skepticism. Others who marry (or reside with) a foreign national, who have foreign financial/business interests, or who maintain close and continuing contact with foreigners are also affected. There are two other related criteria—Foreign Preference and Outside Activities—that sometimes affect these same applicants.* Foreign Influence has been a significant concern when considering people for security clearances. Others who marry (or reside with) a foreign national, who have foreign financial/business interests, or who maintain close and continuing contact with foreigners are also affected.The security significance of these foreign contacts can be measure by the extent to which an applicant: • Maintains contact with foreign friends, family members, or professional associates. • Maintains property or financial interests (including inheritance rights) outside the U. • Fails to report association with foreigners when required.• Provides or receives material support to/from contacts outside the U. Foreign connections that “create a potential conflict of interest between the individual’s obligation to protect sensitive information and the individual’s desire to help a foreign person, group, government, or country by providing that information” are security concerns. • Participating in local non-ethnic social, community, political, or charitable groups.