DOD’s Personnel Security Clearance Program Timelines Improve

Posted by Kathleen Smith

Yesterday the Government Accounting Office (GAO) announced that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Personnel Security Clearance Program has been removed from the GAO’s list of programs facing significant management challenges. DOD processes the majority of all government-wide security clearances.

Clearance processing timelines improved with 90% of initial clearances complete within 49 days, against a target of 60 days. The process for industry personnel improved greatly as well with 90% of initial clearances processed in 63 days in 2010 vs. 129 days in 2008.

GAO also noted that DOD improved their guidance on documentation requirements adjudicators must follow when documenting cases with potentially damaging information.

Click here for the full GAO report on the 30 still-troubled government programs.


This entry was posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:56 pm

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