I’ve found myself trying to preempt the SF-86 quagmires in advance as much as possible for some of the jobs I’m applying to as I wrap up my undergraduate education. I dug through the forum here but I have a specific question about Section 19 on the SF-86 regarding foreign contacts.
Last semester (this past January through mid-May), I was an undergraduate researcher on a team that also involved several graduate students - these graduate students were here from other countries (Egypt, India) and are currently still state-side doing research. I do not know nor have I asked them if they are dual citizens, green-card holders, etc - I only know they’re here currently. During the research project, I attended weekly meetings with two of these students along with a group chat to discuss research progress.
My questions are the following:
What is considered as “close and continuing contact”? I had conversations about our research with them, for obvious reasons, but I never asked them about or was involved in their personal lives (before, during, or after the project). I do not feel any bonds of affection, obligation, etc. to these people nor have we had any correspondence since the end of the research in May; however, the contact falls within the 7 year window.
If I’m interpreting the question correctly, all of the criteria parts of the question (within 7 year window, close and continuing contact, etc.) need to be in the affirmative to check “Yes” on this question?
Perhaps to leave wiggle-room, Section 19 also asks to list any associates - for the purpose of this section, are these graduate researchers considered associates?
Lastly, I should note that I have not submitted the form yet; if this is something that would require reporting, I don’t have any issues with reporting it. I’ve never filled out SF-86 before so I’m trying to be through in my understanding of what is and is not required.
Thanks in advance for any guidance you all can provide.