Five years ago, I was denied a TS/SCI clearance during processing following a COE for one of the three-letter agencies. I received an SOR stating the denial was based on “foreign influence” because a few relatives who I had self reported as foreign contacts are or were associated with a foreign military. (I am a second-generation native-born American)
I never had anything approximating “close or continuing” contact with these individuals, but reported them because of their association and because I had spoken to each of them for a few minutes in the 7 years preceding my background investigation (my POC told me to report any foreign contact in this period, which I thought was erronenous, but did so, including foreign contacts made under official government business)
In the years since I received the SOR, I have had no contact with any foreign relatives, and do not plan to ever have contact with any foreign relatives as I do not have close relationships with any of them, do not care for them, and they play a minuscule role in my life.
I wonder if this action of avoiding foreign contacts, combined with the passage of time, could mitigate any future concerns over having to report on future SF-86s that I was denied a clearance for this reason?