Senate panel advances security clearance backlog bill

A bill that aims to reduce the federal government security clearance backlog has advanced to the full Senate with a few additional provisions aimed at standardizing the background check process, Nextgov.com reports.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the SECRET Act last week, which aims to reduce the current backlog of more than 700,000 federal employees, applicants and contractors awaiting background checks for government jobs, the report notes.

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), all added amendments to the bill that requires the National Background Investigations Bureau to report to Congress every quarter for five years the backlog of executive branch employees waiting for background investigations and calls for the White House to report its process for granting clearances, according to the report.

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