GAO Testimony on Clearance Process Reform Efforts
On 30 July 2008 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported (GAO-08-1050T) their review of personnel security clearance reform efforts to a congressional subcommittee. Their observations and recommendation were based on the recently issued Joint Security and Suitability Reform Team’s Initial Plan, the appendix to that plan, and Executive Order 13467.
GAO reported, “The level of direction in the executive order and the establishment of a very specific, centralized structure make this latest reform effort stand out from past efforts.”
GAO’s review was generally laudatory, but identified four areas that the executive order and the Initial Plan failed to properly address: 1) how the need for a clearance is validated, 2) processes for assuring quality, 3) specific metrics for evaluating quality, and 4) long-term funding requirements.