Cost of Security Clearance Investigations
OPM recently announced (FIN 07-08) the prices of their investigative products for Fiscal Year 2008. The cost of some high end security clearance products, which involve considerable field investigative work, increased about 4.8 percent, and the low end products that rely mostly on automated checks increased about 8.6 percent. Here are the new prices on the most common security clearance investigations:
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Are these prices reasonable? Why isn’t Priority Handling requested on more SSBIs, if they only cost 10 percent more and seem to take half the time? Would requiring all federal contractors to pay for investigations of their employees/applicants affect the price, the type/number of requests, or the turnaround time?