Hello all, I am currently in the process for a SECRET clearance as a government contractor. My question is in reference to the question:
For this employment, in the last seven (7) years have you received a written warning, been officially reprimanded, suspended, or disciplined for misconduct in the workplace, such as a violation of security policy?”
I work in LE and was reprimanded just over 7 years prior (2013) to submitting my SF-86, so it falls out of the time range of the question. I originally disclosed this on my SF-86 prior to official submission; however was advised by the company FSO (who walks applicants through the process reviews and advises when to submit) to redact this entry as it did not fall within the timeline. I also have a foreign born spouse who is a United States citizen, however, we have foreign family members and friends. I originally put them all into my SF-86 but was also told to redact the majority of them as it was not necessary.
I just had a limited interview with my investigator over my foreign contacts. I told him that I was advised to redact all of them and we went over all of them and I disclosed every foreign contact that I have. He seemed to not be concerned with it However, I’m concerned with the issue as well as not disclosing my reprimand, despite it being past 7 years. This is the only reprimand or issue I have received at work (I disregarded a call for service regarding a bogus complaint of a suspicious person call made by a frequent caller who reported erroneous calls, which the caller then made a complain. I was honest about the incident and told my admin of my intentions and that I believed it to be bogus, which they agreed and advised that however bogus I think; i still need to respond to all calls whether I believe them to be LE matter on not; therefore i received a reprimand ). I have been otherwise exemplary and received officer of the year award the following year and have been in multiple specialty assignments with commendations.
I just reviewed my initial SF-86 review that I had saved prior to submission, which contains all of this info (foreign contacts, as well as the incident) prior to being advised to redact it by company FSO. Would it be wise to send this to the investigator as I had explained to him that this information was originally entered into my SF-86 but received instructions to take it out. My original intention was to disclose this info, but as I have repeated, I was advised by the company to redact the info. I also understand that it’s not necessary or unwise to disclose things that do not apply or not within the scope as it can create additional burden on the Investigator as it is not pertinent information. I am very confused and any advice would be greatly appreciated.