TS Clearance for DEA, Foreign Contacts

Hi, everyone! I have a conditional offer for a legal job at DEA. I’ve had legal internships at DOJ before where I had to fill out an SF85 and an SF85P, but this is my first time applying for an actual security clearance. I have two questions:

  1. I lived abroad for 4 years before law school (grad school, worked a bit). For my prior DOJ internships, I provided whatever extra information they asked for (contact info, statements, etc.) and I got cleared no problem. I wasn’t previously asked about my foreign contacts beyond the people I had to list on my prior forms because they were employers or room mates. On my current form, under the “close continuing contacts” part, I was wondering if I need to list my ex. He’s a UK citizen. We dated for three years but broke up over 5 years ago and have had zero contact since. I want to be as open as possible, but it was kind of a nasty break-up and I would prefer not to list him if I don’t have to.

  2. I tried pot a couple of times in college. It was almost 10 years ago and haven’t tried it again since. But since it’s DEA, I’m still worried. I never bought or sold it. Never tried any other drugs.

Otherwise, no debt, never been arrested, no foreign relatives.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer the questions that are on the form. It asks for your foreign contacts within the last 7 years and you had a foreign boyfriend 5 years ago, so yes he needs to be listed. If they ask for drug use within the last 7 years and it has been 10 years, no it does not need to be listed. They are not designed to be trick questions. Just answer honestly.

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Your drug use will come up on other forms for the DEA.

Agree with investigator721, list what the question asks. Some are XX years, some are ever years. Just read and be honest

Hi Macaroni90,

I was recently processed for a TS DoD job with Foreign relatives, lived in Middle East for years, Foreign travel to China, Malaysia, Thailand etc. and fairly recent Marijuana use within 8 months of the application and still received an interim TS. The most important thing is to simply tell the truth. That’s all they want! You can get waivers for most things that are minor. Just my experience and what others I know with clearances also told me before my application.

Good Luck

Just be sure to be thorough and pay attention to details.

List the ex as a foreign contact from “XX/XX to XX/XX” - too many people rush and mark everything “to present” which changes the formula.