With the recent scrutiny on the quality of investigations and incidents involving clearance holders, increased focus will also be on applicants and current clearance holders when they fill out the SF-86 during the investigation or periodic update process. Previously, when an individual failed to disclose information on the SF-86 it was quite often written off as discrepant information that was not a deliberate attempt to deceive. However, investigators have now been instructed to hone in on these non-disclosures to see if they truly were due misunderstanding or forgetfulness, or was it because of a fear in not getting retaining a clearance because of derogatory information.
The best thing to do is to read each question carefully and think about what it is asking and the time period it is asking, and then answer on the side of caution, meaning disclose information even if it may not specifically apply. Better to be up front about it rather than have to explain why you did not disclose something that was required resulting in the appearance of being dishonest.