A few weeks ago I submitted my SF-85P along with the additional questions for public trust positions form. One of the questions on the additional questionnaire asks:
In the last seven (7) years, have you introduced, removed, or used hardware, software, or media in connection with any information technology system without authorization, when specifically prohibited by rules, procedures, guidelines, or regulations or attempted any of the above? (Above refers to the actions listed in this question)
I put “no” on the form as I truly couldn’t think of anything, however I remembered something recently that made me think otherwise. About 4 years ago while I was in college, I downloaded a program someone told me about, thinking it was like a streaming site similar to Amazon/Netflix/Hulu where you pay to watch movies/tv shows. However, when I downloaded it and tried it, it turns out that it was actually a P2P program used to illegally share copyrighted media. I used it on my school’s network, and was notified of a copyright violation via the school. To resolve the incident, I had to remove the program/materials and complete a minor education program about copyright and certifying that everything has been removed. It was my first and only offense, so those were the only repercussions I had.
Does this situation fall under the context of that question on the form, and should I have put down “yes”? If so, is there a way for me to modify the info on the forms if I have already submitted them? I’m concerned because normally I would just clarify this on the interview, but I’m not sure if I will be allowed an interview since I was told the additional questionnaire is supposed to replace that. I truly forgot about this instance and just want to be forthcoming. Since this was an official offense, does that mean it will be on my record when the investigators contact the school for my files? I don’t want to make it seem like I was trying to hide anything.
Also, does anyone have an idea if this has a high chance of disqualifying me? It was legitimately an accident, and when it happened I immediately resolved it as required by my school. That was the only time something like this has happened, and ever since I’ve been more careful about what I download.