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Security clearance backlog drops from all-time high

The federal government's security clearance backlog has fallen by more than 9 percent, making it one of the most significant drops in years, FCW reports.

According to the report, the National Background Investigation Bureau’s inventory went from an all-time high of 725,000 in June 2018 to 657,000 in September, and it is expected to have an overall inventory reduction of approximately 20 percent by the end of the calendar year.

report on the White House's website credited the drop to "thoughtful, risk-based modifications," the article notes, adding that the bureau also boosted its investigator workforce from just under 7,000 investigators in 2017 to well over 8,000 in 2018.

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