Security Clearance: Background, Evaluation and Reforms

Moses Reese (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: POL006000




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A security clearance is a determination that an individual—whether a direct federal employee or a private contractor performing work for the government—is eligible for access to classified national security information. A high-quality personnel security clearance process is necessary to minimize the risks of unauthorized disclosures of classified information and to help ensure that security-relevant information is identified and assessed.

Chapter 1 provides a primer on some of the fundamental aspects of the security clearance process, using a “Frequently Asked Questions” format.

Chapter 2 assesses the extent to which (1) ODNI has implemented an executive branch-wide program and developed plans to monitor and measure its performance; (2) DOD and other agencies have designed, piloted, and evaluated continuous evaluation and (3) agencies completed timely periodic reinvestigations from fiscal years 2012-2016, and the potential effects of continuous evaluation on reinvestigations.

Chapter 3 focuses on the extent to which executive branch agencies (1) made progress reforming the security clearance process, and (2) are meeting timeliness objectives and reducing NBIB’s investigative backlog.

Chapter 4 discusses our government’s security clearance process and potential areas of reform.
(Imprint: SNOVA)


Chapter 1. Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Michelle D. Christensen

Chapter 2. Personnel Security Clearances: Plans Needed to Fully Implement and Oversee Continuous Evaluation of Clearance Holders

Chapter 3. Personnel Security Clearances: Additional Actions Needed to Ensure Quality, Address Timeliness, and Reduce Investigation Backlog

Chapter 4. Open Hearing: Security Clearance Reform
Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate


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