Is Security Clearance Reform Finally Here?
In yesterday’s USA Today, a report titled “White House looks for faster top secret clearances” details the positive efforts of Office of Management and Budget deputy director Clay Johnson to reduce the security clearance backlog.
The idea, is that extensive background checks, specifically interviewing a clearance applicant’s friends and neighbors may not beÂ necessary. By reducing the overall investigation, more candidates can be cleared quicker.
Kudos to Mr. Johnson for proposing an idea that would have positive impact on the clearance backlog. On some levels, the suggestion makes a whole lot of sense.
Some believe though, that an investigation that is not as detailed may pose security risks. What do you think?