Addressing the security clearance backlog

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(This show originally aired on January 12, 2018)

This week on “Fed Access”, Evan Lesser, founder and president of, joins host Derrick Dortch to talk about delays in the security clearance process and how they are hampering the ability of federal agencies and contractors to fill open positions.

headshot of Evan Lesser
Evan Lesser, founder and president,

Lesser says currently more than 700,000 job seekers are awaiting final clearance for the first time or for re-investigation.  Currently that process is taking more than 500 days for top secret clearances and Lesser says it is having an adverse impact on the government workforce.

During the show, Lesser talks about the reasons for the backlog and what can be done to fix it.

He also explains the recent changes made to forms that prospective government employees and contractors fill out when applying  for security clearances.

The electronic version of the SF86 forms now allows filers for the first time to use an email address as a contact method, and it assists them  in looking up old addresses of  former employers and residences.


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