Is the Clearance Backlog a National Security Threat?
It has been over a year (since May 2005) that a national news organization has come out to declare the security clearance backlog as a major security risk. In 2005 during Congressional hearings, the “security threat” language was last used. Surprisingly, the topic hasn’t been put in these terms in a while, even though the same ol’ issues are still in place.
A new editorialÂ reviews a recent Washington Post report and calls the baby ugly. The report notes that a December 17th, 2006 deadline was set in the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act which stipulates:
“..that 80 percent of applications for federal security clearances must be completed in an average of 120 daysÂ , by December 17th, 2006.”
Was anyone really taking this dateÂ seriously? Sure, it would have been great, but the deadline was not entirely realistic.