Security Clearances

Security Clearance Backlog Hits Long-Awaited ‘Steady State’

The backlog of background investigations has leveled off at a sustainable 200,000, according to lawmakers.

The Pentagon Has Officially Taken Over the Security Clearance Process

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency is now responsible for conducting 95% of the government’s background investigations.

OPM Cuts Security Clearance Backlog in Half, But Processing Delays Spell Trouble for Pentagon

The National Background Investigations Bureau is barreling through the backlog of clearance applications as the Defense Department prepares to take over the function in October.

Union Accuses Pentagon of Ducking Bargaining Rules With Transfers of IT Employees

IT workers at the Defense Contract Management Agency are not being given the opportunity to accept or decline being moved to the Defense Information Services Agency, labor officials said.

Pentagon Drops $75M To Beef Up Background Investigation's IT Environment

The Defense Security Service penned an OTA contract with Perspecta and several non-traditional vendors to build advanced capabilities and a secure DevOps environment.

OPM Chief to Propose Legislation for Merger With GSA By Week’s End

The Trump administration claims OPM cannot function properly without revenue from the National Background Investigations Bureau.

How Sending Security Clearance Checks to Defense Will Affect the Workforce

Personnel transfers will begin by June 24, but the details aren't all hammered out yet.

It’s Official: Trump Shifts All Security Clearance Work to Pentagon

An executive order renames the Defense Security Service and sets a timeline for the office to take over background investigations for the entire federal community.

Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Evaluate 1.1 Million Security Clearance Holders

While artificial intelligence is key to the future of background investigations, it will always be up to humans to make clearance decisions, an official assured.

The U.S. Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

A new AI-enabled pilot project aims to sense “micro changes” in the behavior of people with top-secret clearances. If it works, it could be the future of corporate HR.

Lawmakers Want to Protect Security Clearances from Politics

A bill introduced in the Senate would prevent federal leaders from revoking clearances as “retaliation for political activities.”

Background Investigations Tech Team Reassigned from DISA to Defense Security Service

By mid-summer, the National Background Investigations Service technical team will be under a new office as part of major shifts in the security clearance process.

GAO Flags VA Buying, Security Clearance Process as High Risk

“We keep finding the same problems over and over,” GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told lawmakers.

The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years

Intelligence and human capital officials are about to make the rounds to show off Trusted Workforce 2.0, a framework to completely change how the government makes security clearance determinations.

Lawmakers Are Taking Another Crack At Security Clearance Reform

And they’re demanding answers about Facebook’s missteps and the shutdown’s impact on cybersecurity.

Work on Security Clearance Backlog Continues Through Shutdown

While OPM is closed, the National Background Investigations Bureau continues to chip away at its 600,000-case backlog.