Security Clearances Do Not Expire According to Memo from US Intelligence Director
Grumblings from the field about DOD agencies denying contractors access to facilities and/or classified information because their investigations are out of scope has elicited a response from the Director for Defense Intelligence. This issue was addressed in a December 7, 2016 memorandum issued by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense and states that contractor employees who have current eligibility for access to classified information, as noted in JPAS, should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. An exception to this would be if there was known derogatory information about the individual, in which case it should be reported through JPAS and the record updated accordingly.
This situation was caused by a combination of factors: the change from a 10 year to a 5 year reinvestigation timeline for Secret clearance holders; institution of a Tier 3 type investigation to replace the ANACI, NACLC, and MBI; budget shortfalls that temporarily suspended PRs for industry from June to September; and OPM’s trials, tribulations while transitioning to the NBIB. At last count, the backlog for initial clearance investigations and PRs stood at over 500,000.
On this same note, my last post about CAC denials ties into this. For some unknown reasons, contractors are also being denied issuance of a CAC because of out-of-scope investigations. This is quite befuddling because the issuance of a CAC has nothing to do with a clearance, but rather whether you have a minimum level of a favorably adjudicated investigation on file. As the saying goes: Apples and oranges!