Outside Activities

Outside activities cases involve dealings with foreign individuals, countries, governments, or organizations. The business relationship in question need not be formal nor compensated in order for the guideline to apply. Outside activities cases frequently raise issues under foreign influence (Guideline B)  and foreign preference (Guideline C) guidelines as well. Failure to disclose the activity will prove fatal to holding a security clearance.

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Guideline L:
Outside Activities

The Concern: Involvement in certain types of outside employment or activities is of security concern if it poses a conflict of interest with an individual’s security responsibilities and could create an increased risk of unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include:

(a) any employment or service, whether compensated or volunteer, with:

(1) the government of a foreign country;

(2) any foreign national, organization, or other entity;

(3) a representative of any foreign interest;

(4) any foreign, domestic, or international organization or person engaged in analysis, discussion, or publication of material on intelligence, defense, foreign affairs, or protected technology;

(b) failure to report or fully disclose an outside activity when this is required.

Conditions that could mitigate security concerns include:

(a) evaluation of the outside employment or activity by the appropriate security or counterintelligence office indicates that it does not pose a conflict with an individual’s security responsibilities or with the national security interests of the United States;

(b) the individual terminates the employment or discontinued the activity upon being notified that it was in conflict with his or her security responsibilities.