Congressional Report on Clearance Reform
On 20 November 2008 the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued House Report 110-916, â€œSecurity Clearance Reformâ€”Upgrading the Gateway to the National Security Community.â€ The report measured the governmentâ€™s compliance with the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) in the following seven areas:
- Centralization of policy oversight and management: Actions have been taken, but progress has been mixed.
- Single agency for investigations: The requirement has been partially met.
- Interagency reciprocity: The standard set forth by IRTPA has not been met.
- Integrated, secure database: The requirement has not been met.
- Evaluate the use of available technologies: This requirement has been met.
- Reduce the length of the clearance process: The interim standards for timeliness that were to have been met by December 2006 were met on average across all the agencies processing security clearances.
- Reporting: The Administration has met the requirements for annual reports required by IRTPAâ€™s Secton 3001(h).
The overall tone of the report was critical, stating that â€œprogress over the past five years has been disappointing.â€ Even in the areas where the Administration was found to have met the IRTPA requirements, the report complained of missed deadlines and creative interpretation of IRTPA wording.