Reciprocity problems remain for security clearances
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 10, 2019
Current security clearance policies limit the movement of talent from one agency to another across the federal government, significantly impeding efficiency--a recent piece on federalnewsradio.com reports.
For decades, particularly since the 9/11 attacks almost 20 years ago, security clearances have been both a much-discussed government necessity--but also a terrible bottleneck—for many federal agencies. Slow clearance review processes are perhaps the most common source of criticism--but this report focuses on less often spotlighted problems: blockages and delays resulting from a failure to establish workable reciprocity between different departments. The result, the news report says, is that as much as 10 percent of intelligence community contractors idle at any one time--a tremendous waste.
The report cites a resulting drop in recruiting and maintaining talent, as well as lowered productivity and government waste that come about because of the often sclerotic and outdated clearance policies.
For more, see the report at: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2019/07/agencies-losing-time-talent-and-money-due-to-security-clearance-reciprocity-challenges/