Security clearances decline in fiscal 2014

A new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shows a large drop during fiscal 2014 both in the number of security clearances and the number of security clearance approvals.

The study reports the total number of individuals eligible for access to classified information, as well as breaks down that population into those who were and who were not actually accessing that information.

"In FY 2014, there were across-the-board decreases in all categories," the report states. "There was also a reduction in new clearances approved. These decreases were the result of efforts across the [U.S. Government] to review and validate whether an employee or contractor still requires access to classified information and several additional Department of Defense initiatives to review its cleared population."

As of Oct. 1, 2013, 5.15 million federal employees, contractors and others had clearances. That number declined to 4.51 million by Oct. 1, 2014—a 12.3 percent drop.

Security clearance approvals also dropped 14.4 percent from year to year, from 777,168 in fiscal 2013 to 665,437 in fiscal 2014. The report notes that some of the approvals data collected for the report does not distinguish between new clearance approvals and periodic re-investigation approvals.

Reader comments

Wed, Apr 29, 2015

This reflects the fact that a lot of people lost their jobs, or retired, so why would they need the clearances.

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