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All Clear on Security Clearances?

According to testimony presented this week before the Senate federal workforce subcommitee, there’s been a lot of headway made in trimming the time it takes to process a security clearance.

A range of experts—including Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and high-ranking officials from DoD, the Office of Management and Budget and the Government Accountability Office—said pretty much the same thing: That the massive delays that have plagued the process in recent years are being resolved.

Now that we’ve heard from the top ranks, we’d like to hear from you.

Gotten a clearance recently? How long did it take?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM

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Tue, Dec 7, 2010 Diane DOD

The entire process is a money trap costing thousands of dollars for one clearance update.
I agree there should be one Agency, a repository, for all clearances. There could be Bureaus within the Agency for specific clearance types and sectors. The Bureau would always know where an individual is assigned, and/or an updated tracking system in place. There could also be subdivisions for clearance longevity, DOD, Legislative Branch, etc. Last, but not least, there should be oversight to prevent corruptive or abusive behavior!!

Fri, Nov 26, 2010

It took 18 months for TS/SCI!!!

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 someone

My interim Secret clearance for a DoD contractor came through almost instantly after I submitted my online electronic SF86, knows as the e-Qip. My final Secret came through 3 months later. I year later I applied for a job with an Intelligence Community contractor and had to fill out a whole knew SF86, the paper version, by hand. They never ran my background check since they didn't get a contract for me to work on. A year later I went through CIA processing a couple of years later and had to fill out a whole new SF86. They didn't run my background check because I failed the poly. I'm now in processing with another DoD contractor (who uses e-Qip) the Dept of State (who uses e-Qip), NSA (who uses paper version), and FBI. I'll have to fill out new SF86's for all these companies. This is so stupid. Every federal agency and contractor should use one system, the e-Qip! And there needs to be reciprocity between everyone with clearances so that we only have to fill the thing out once, and just update it every so often as need be.

Fri, Nov 19, 2010

It'd help a lot if they got rid of the nonsense that one agency can't accept a clearance granted by another agency. They also need to merge the IT and 'real' clearance systems. Some job-hoppers end up getting investigated half a dozen times within the 5-year span they are supposed to last. IMHO, it should be common-serviced out of ONE agency, for entire FedGov.

Thu, Nov 18, 2010 George Maryland

The whole security clearance process needs to be revamped. It takes entirely too long to go through the process and there's no reciprocity between organizations. I retired from the miltary in 2008 with a TS SSBI. In October 2008, I started working for the FBI, I had to fill out the SF86 and be fingerprinted again. While I was at the FBI, I was cleared for SCI with a CI polygraph. In May of 2009, I moved to the NSA. I had to fill out the SF 86 again, sit for a CI and full scope polygraph. Now, I work for DISA and recently I had to go wait two months while my SCI paperwork processed. Urrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!

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