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Questions for the Record Related to DOD's Personnel Security Clearance Program
On June 28, 2005, I testified before your Subcommittee at a hearing on "Access Delayed: Fixing the Security Clearance Process." This letter responds to your request that I provide answers to Senator Frank R. Lautenbergs questions for the record. The questions, along with my responses follow. 1. Your 2004 report recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) work closely with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to design and implement a plan for getting rid of clearance backlogs and delays. To your knowledge, what progress has DOD made on this? GAO is unaware of any progress that DOD has made toward implementing our May 2004 recommendation to "develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive management plan to eliminate the backlog, reduce the delays in conducting investigations and determining eligibility for security clearances, and overcome the impediments that could allow such problems to recur." Information supplied by DOD as part of a required follow-up action on all GAO recommendations lists a few actions, but nothing is mentioned about developing an integrative approach that incorporates objectives and outcome-related goals, sets priorities, identifies resources, establishes performance measures, and provides milestones for permanently eliminating the backlog and reducing delays.
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