The backlog of pending security clearances and other matters at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) is down more than 25 percent from its record-high nearly a year ago. The backlog today stands at 541,000 investigations, NBIB Director Charlie Phalen said.
Top officials at the National Background Investigations Bureau and the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service tried to ensure lawmakers that the transfer of the governmentwide security clearance portfolio will be as seamless as possible.
As part of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, intelligence and industry communities are preparing to deliver their plan to reimagine the security clearance to Congress by the end of the year.
Some agency leaders have so far promised to remain transparent as the Trump administration attempts to make good on its reorganization proposals.
The Air Force is using interview hubs and other tactics to cut back on security clearance wait times.
Stakeholders working in the security clearance community say they’re seeking clear, consistent leadership to drive major changes to the governmentwide process.
In a special report, “Is splitting the security clearance process destined for failure?” Federal News Radio explores how a small provision in the 2018 defense authorization bill could have major repercussions on the background investigations backlog and could put the future of the National Background Investigations Bureau in question.
The Defense Department is strongly urging lawmakers to give it the authority to resume responsibility for its own security clearance process. Lawmakers, however, are skeptical.
Current and former counterintelligence officials say there is no known evidence so far that a victim of the Office of Personnel Management’s cyber breaches has been specifically targeted. Instead, the public’s loss of trust in OPM and government as a whole has been the biggest damage done after the breaches.
Federal employees and contractors waited hundreds of days in some cases for a security clearance in 2016, but the Office of Personnel Management spent much of the year putting the policy pieces in place for improvement. Key stakeholders in the Performance Accountability Council developed an IT plan for the new background investigation system and issued business rules for adjudicating some cases.