Failure to Disclose an Incarcerated Sibling Results in Clearance Denial

Originally published here:

Section 18 on the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86) asks the applicant to list the following regardless of whether they were living or deceased: Mother, Father, Stepmother, Stepfather, Father-in-law, Mother-in-law, Child (including adopted/foster), Stepchild, Brother, Sister, Stepbrother, Stepsister, Half-brother, Half-sister, Foster parent, or Guardian. Read more here…

In his appeal to DOHA the applicant claimed he didn’t list the brother previously because he thought it would impact his ability to get a security clearance.

That reminds me of an old espionage case where the suspect told an informant that he wanted to sell secrets and use the money to pay off debts, so he could get a higher clearance.