Reciprocity problems remain for security clearances

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 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talent, as well as lowered productivity and government waste that come about because of the often sclerotic and outdated clearance policies.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:

Reader comments

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 Sam USA

ALL of the backlog of security clearance problmes __ is all and Entirely related to the Increasing Volume of checks that need to be done each year: 1) Contracting Out historically government employee work Increased the Volume ___and 2) The constant turnover of Contactors employees and also the fact that because of poor treatment by our President and Congress in recent decades there is also more fed. career employee turnover now also. As an example back in the Good Old days when Naval ships were built faster and for lower cost by Career Federal employees at the Brooklyn Navy yard there was very little turnover in employees.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019

This was a big problem in the fall of 2017 when FEMA asked other Departments & agencies for help. We wasted $$ & time getting new IDs to work short-term at FEMA.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019

It should take as long as needed for clearance even if moving to another. VA as felonies working for the. Once you receive a felon charge you should be fired.

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