High Hopes: Potential SF-86 Changes and Drug Disclosures

KCNF partner Elisabeth Baker-Pham discusses proposed changes to the SF-86 application process that could be issued and implemented next year. The article, published in ClearanceJobs, explores how these changes may benefit applicants with a history of drug and alcohol use.

If approved, the revisions would limit the information that applicants are required to disclose in problematic areas, including marijuana use and history of alcohol treatment. For example, while applicants are currently required to report illegal THC use within the last 7 years, the proposed changes would alter the timeframe to 90 days. While most applicants may find the changes underwhelming, those with an extensive history of drug and alcohol use or treatment may benefit from delaying an application to a position requiring clearance until the changes are implemented.

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