The hope is to reduce the stigma for national security personnel, and specifically veterans, seeking mental health treatment.
“We are concerned that Ivanka Trump may have engaged in similar deception,” the letter reads.
“The high standard to which we hold public servants, particularly senior advisers to the president of the United States, requires that these questions be raised, and promptly answered.” But even if Ivanka is found to have improperly filled out the form, Beyer says the only person who can actually revoke her security clearance is the president.
In 2013, following the marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, the Office of Personnel Management published a notice to the federal register indicating the plan to clarify what illegal drug use is— and that it includes any drug use that’s still illegal under federal law.
Since it takes multiple years to update the policies governing national security, that proposed change has now finally made its way into the security clearance application. OPM is just looking to make it clear that any drug use must be listed on the SF86—even marijuana use that may have been legal under state law.
The lengthy clearance process drastically reduces agencies’ ability to respond rapidly to new challenges and impedes them from fully executing their missions, said Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at Professional Services Council.
The problem has become particularly pronounced in national security spheres, where a large number of employees must hold security clearances.
“Too many skilled Americans are sitting around waiting for the federal government to approve their clearances to start working to protect our national security,” said Rep.
Steve Knight, R-Calif., the original sponsor of the bill in the House.
These changes include updating the options for providing phone information (since the days of everyone having a ‘home’ phone are behind us), a tool to help find school addresses, and a clarification for derivative citizenship (citizenship you obtained via birth, not application).