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spectacularpeaceful  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 25, 2021 11:26:16 AM(UTC)
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I'm just starting a job in federal employment and before I got this job I made my income writing freelance for an Adult Industry Blog (I write reviews of Porn Movies to be blunt about it). The company that owns the blog is located within the United States but it primarily covers porn produced in Japan and as such may have partnerships with companies from Japan.

I may need some kind of security clearance for this job and this side hustle of mine is honestly pretty embarrassing to have to disclose but if I need to then I absolutely will. Should I disclose this? If I cut ties with the company will that suffice or will I still need to let my security team know about my previous work with them? Will this affect my ability to gain a security clearance?

I didn't think I would have to disclose this until they went over the Adjudication Guidelines, I figure the best thing would be to come forward and be honest but as it is very embarrassing I would only like to do so if it is deemed necessary.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:35:42 PM(UTC)
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Although it may seem embarrassing to talk about it, I think all you need to worry about is having the necessary references for the period of time you worked in that capacity. And of course you may need to show that you filed appropriate income tax since with "freelance" employment of any kind it can be pretty easy to get paid under the table. Uncle Sam doesn't care about porn but he is very thin-skinned when it comes to not paying taxes.
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spectacularpeaceful  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:16:23 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: someoldguy Go to Quoted Post
Although it may seem embarrassing to talk about it, I think all you need to worry about is having the necessary references for the period of time you worked in that capacity. And of course you may need to show that you filed appropriate income tax since with "freelance" employment of any kind it can be pretty easy to get paid under the table. Uncle Sam doesn't care about porn but he is very thin-skinned when it comes to not paying taxes.


Yeah I file my taxes to the letter and I'll be able to provide those documents to them. I informed my security officer so now I'm just hoping this won't affect my clearance at all.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 26, 2021 7:10:29 PM(UTC)
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So on the SF86, I assume you listed yourself as self-employed and/or freelance writer. If they ask for specifics, yes, be honest. Lies and (intentional)lies of omission are really bad, as are personal finance problems, delinquent taxes, potential to be blackmailed, etc. Anything that could be used to bribe or blackmail you is seen as a high risk. They might ask if you could be blackmailed. Would you sell out your country to keep your porn writing past from being brought to public light? If not, you have little to worry about.
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spectacularpeaceful  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:44:37 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: foureyedbuzzard Go to Quoted Post
So on the SF86, I assume you listed yourself as self-employed and/or freelance writer. If they ask for specifics, yes, be honest. Lies and (intentional)lies of omission are really bad, as are personal finance problems, delinquent taxes, potential to be blackmailed, etc. Anything that could be used to bribe or blackmail you is seen as a high risk. They might ask if you could be blackmailed. Would you sell out your country to keep your porn writing past from being brought to public light? If not, you have little to worry about.


I wasn't aware until just the other day (I had submitted my SF86 months ago) that I needed to disclose freelance work, as soon as I did know I contacted my Security Officer. I think based on what you guys are telling me here I shouldn't have a problem, I file my taxes just fine and honestly don't care if anyone knows about my porn articles, most of my friends and my wife already know.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:10:11 AM(UTC)
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Hee! I had no idea that kind of gig was still going! I picked up a little money that way back in the '80s - well before I applied for federal employment of course. Just make sure everything is redd up and properly reported, you'll be fine. Business is, after all, business.
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