Defense official: Rapists, murderers received clearances

The federal government security clearance backlog has led to convicted felons, including murderers and pedophiles, to be given interim clearances, a senior government official said during a national security conference this week, McClatchy's Washington D.C, news bureau reports.

Daniel E. Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, spoke at the Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington on Sept. 6, where he said about 100,000 people hold interim clearances while working for companies with Defense Department contractors or at 13,000 cleared facilities and plants around the country as they await a full comprehensive background investigation, McClathcy reports.

According to the article, it takes about one year for a full top security clearance investigation, and Payne said the backlog is so great that the Pentagon has very little choice but to offer interim clearances to keep weapons development programs running, but added that discovering later that murderers, rapists and pedophiles have had access to classified information is very dangerous.


Reader comments

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

What I conclude from this is, there is no punishment (not even loss of job) for lying and if the government learns the truth after you've been hired, you keep your job, because again there is no punishment for lying. Not a wonder so many things are a mess and those of us who don't lie are skeptical of any answers we get from anyone because again, there is no punishment for lying!

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 JJ USA

Let's be honest, rapists, child molesters, and murderers are not known for leaking state secrets or deleting thousands of emails :)

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 DoD Security Manager

Did they not wait for a favorable National Agency Check before granting the interim security clearance? That's a requirement before granting interims. The FBI fingerprint check should have revealed if the individual was a felon (would have been fingerprinted) unless there is an error in the database. There's a level of acceptable risk and if the NAC comes back clean and the SF 86 is clean (trusting the person told the truth) then we grant interims. No one should be granting interims without the favorable NAC check. That's where it sounds like people are getting into trouble. The individuals apparently did not answer the questions correctly on their SF 86 so I hope they were penalized to the fullest extent.

Fri, Sep 8, 2017

This is no surprise to the many dedicated federal employees. a lot of the thugs are management and select SES and political minions. By the way look at the thugs responsible for the OPM breach. I wonder how many went to work for the company that is monitoring the breached employees credit and other personal affairs. Many probably got great sign on bonuses along with any immunity related to conflict of interest.

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

Working for the federal government is not what used be. If don't kiss your boss's butt you will not treated well. They promote and give certain types of benefits based solely on favoritism. There is no one there to make sure this doesn't happen.

Show All Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above


Edward A. Zurndorfer Certified Financial Planner
Mike Causey Columnist
Tom Fox VP for Leadership and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service
Mathew B. Tully Legal Analyst

Free E-Newsletter


I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

Latest Forum Posts

Ask the Expert

Have a question regarding your federal employee benefits or retirement?

Submit a question