Survey: Backlog of Security Clearance Applications Still a Problem
An article in the Washington Business Journal on Friday, April 25, 2008 reported information from a survey of more than 100 government contractors, made by the National Defense Industrial Association and the Information Technology Association of America regarding security clearance processing.
â€œBusinesses say the federal government has made some â€˜modest progressâ€™ on chipping away at the backlog of security clearances, but it still has a long way to go before the system for granting clearances meets the still-growing demand.â€
One of the more interesting results of the survey was that 71 percent of the respondents said that â€œone or more agencies failed to recognize clearances already held by employees.â€
What’s interesting is this recent OPM quote:
“Office of Personnel Management officials say that with recent improvements, most employees are now cleared in 120 days.”
Something doesn’t add up here.. Your thoughts?