Having a Sexual Relationship with a Foreign National Housekeeper: Clearance Denied
Many government contractors live and work all over the world in areas where family members cannot go. Locals are hired to take care of basic necessities such as food services, laundry, and housecleaning. Naturally, it is tempting to engage in extracurricular activities, as well. However, if you hold a security clearance you should think twice before engaging in sexual relations with a local foreign national, especially if you are married. A DoD contractor found this out when the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals upheld the decision to deny his clearance based upon his sexual relationship with his housekeeper/cook while he worked in Kyrgyzstan for a year, his failure to disclose the relationship to his employer, and his lack of candor about it during the hearing.
Foreign Influence and Personal Conduct – A Messy Adjudicative Combination
The judge opined that the applicant in this case had not mitigated the foreign influence and personal conduct concerns that arose from his personal sexual relationship with the local foreign national, especially since he had continued to communicate with her via Skype or text messaging after he had returned to the US, even after finally disclosing the relationship to his wife. Additionally, the applicant had given the housekeeper money, claiming they were gifts. Aggravating his conduct was the fact that he knew that is was a security concern because other employees he worked with had been in trouble for doing the same thing.
I guess the best advice to give here is to keep relationships professional, especially if you are married. If you do suffer in a momentary lapse in judgment, admit it. Then take the steps necessary to break it off cleanly instead of continuing to fan the flames.