The idea is to constantly check on cleared people by automated means, rather than do periodic re-investigations.
The defense and intelligence communities are pivoting from the term "continuous evaluation" to a concept of "continuous vetting," which the Defense Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence said will shift the way they monitor and establish trust with federal employees and contractors.
The RAND Corporation estimated government could save as much as $27.8 billion over 25 years by enrolling more security clearances into a sophisticated continuous evaluation program.
As preparations continue to move the security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management to the Pentagon, employees of the National Background Investigations Bureau have received offers to move with it.
New policies aren't official yet, but defense and intelligence officials say they're designing the newly renamed Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency that's positioned for a more modern era.
The Defense Department is planning to merge the National Background Investigations Bureau, Defense Security Service and other entities within the Pentagon to form one, new security clearance entity.
Common standards across the suitability and security clearances processes may ease long-held frustrations from industry and the intelligence community.
The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to fully roll out eApp as a replacement to current Election Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) system toward the end of the fiscal year.
As the Trump administration considers moving the bulk of the governmentwide security clearance process back onto the Pentagon, the head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) says his agency has a plan to cut the growing security clearance backlog.
As the conversation around the security clearances is beginning to change, see how the numbers behind the program have changed as well.
Few ideas have had as much appeal as continuous evaluation, the idea people can be checked on any time something changes, rather than every five years.
Many civilian agencies say they need more guidance and information from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about key components of the continuous evaluation program.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center plans to deploy its own fully functional continuous evaluation system by fall 2018. Executive branch agencies buy into those services, and NCSC will continually vet agency employees against 10 different databases.
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.