The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released a new guide (click here) to help applicants complete the newly formatted SF-86 in e-QIP that includes the recent changes in what and how information is asked. If you are a new applicant or undergoing a periodic reinvestigation, instead of just jumping into the e-QIP to start filling it out, I recommend you read this guide so that you know what information is needed. This enables you to go research or find the information before you log in and start the application. Pay particular attention to the sections for foreign contacts and activities. The questions apply not only to you, but also to your spouse, partner, cohabitant and dependent children.
Ensuring you provide accurate information, along with any details required to clarify or resolve issues, will help the investigation process flow more smoothly. Case reviewers and investigators won’t need to contact you for additional explanations and all the required checks will be scheduled by OPM right away.