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DOD Personnel Clearances: Additional Steps can be Taken to Reduce Backlogs and Delays in Determining Security Clearance Eligibility for Industry Personnel

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Government Accountability Office

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As more and more federal jobs are privatized, individuals working for private industry are taking on a greater role in national security work for the Department of Defense DOD and other federal agencies. Because many of these jobs require access to classified information, industry personnel must hold a security clearance. As of September 30, 2003, industry workers held more than one-third of all clearances issued by DOD. Long-standing security clearance backlogs and delays in determining clearance eligibility affect industry personnel, military members, and federal employees. As requested, we reviewed the clearance eligibility process for industry personnel and 1 describe the size of the backlog and changes in the time needed to issue eligibility determinations, 2 identify reasons for the backlog and delays, and3 evaluate initiatives that DOD could take to eliminate the backlog and decrease the delays.

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  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]