Clearance Applications Not Processed Within Target Times
Really? What a shocker! The Government Accountibility Office came out with a recent reportÂ detailing how the security clearance process is taking too darn long. This same article and these findings seem to be copied and pasted verbatim on a yearly basis from past reports, dating back to 2000. The time delays have been a way of life for the defense industry for a good six years.
Even more scary news from the report:
In reviewing 50 reports on clearances granted, GAO found that 47 were missing required documents. More than half contained at least one unresolved issue, but none of the sampled industry personnel were denied security clearances.
“The use of incomplete investigations and adjudications in granting Top Secret clearance eligibility increases the risk of unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” the report stated.
Okay, I’m all up for speeding up the clearance process, but how can an adjudicator make a level-headed decision on clearance award without all of the necessary data?