Security Policy Reform

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Government efforts to maintain a trusted workforce have, to date, fallen short. Agencies’ stovepiped approaches to security clearance investigations and adjudications leave the nation unprepared to counter adversaries who seek to harm our people, institutions, and infrastructure. Truly transforming the government's security clearance system will require updated policies to modify antiquated, time-consuming, and resource-intensive practices; make shrewd use of new technologies; rely increasingly upon continuous monitoring and evaluation of employees’ behavior rather than periodic investigations of their past activities; and eliminate the enormous backlog in security clearance investigations.

INSA’s Security Policy Reform Council seeks to transform the paradigms that govern the design and execution of security policy and programs and to serve as a thought leader on security issues. The Council works with industry and government stakeholders to identify and mitigate security challenges, develop security solutions, advocate for reforms to enhance the effectiveness of security policy and programs, and enhance industry’s ability to support and protect national security. By convening security experts in government, industry, and academia, the Council promotes collaboration, information-sharing, and ongoing exchanges of views between the public and private sectors.

Chair & Vice Chair 

Charlie Allen

Chairman

Principal, The Chertoff Group

Kathy Pherson

Vice Chair

CEO, Pherson

Publications

New Paper Addresses Recruiting and Clearing Personnel with Foreign Ties

New Paper Addresses Recruiting and Clearing Personnel with Foreign Ties

In a new white paper, INSA calls for the Intelligence Community (IC) security apparatus to review its assumptions around clearing U.S. citizens with foreign ties in order to attract and retain a world class IC workforce. Developed by INSA’s Security Policy Reform Council, the paper, Promoting Cultural Diversity in the Intelligence Community: Recruiting and Clearing Personnel with Foreign Ties ...

New Paper Calls for Improving Security Clearance Mobility

New Paper Calls for Improving Security Clearance Mobility

Arlington, VA (June 2, 2022)–According to a new INSA white paper, Improving Security Clearance Mobility: How to Save Time and Resources and Improve Mission Outcomes (pdf), delays in processing the movement of cleared personnel from one government agency to another undermine the efficiency of more than 150,000 cleared contractors each year. Among the roughly 333,000 contractors holding TS/SCI ...

New Paper Calls for Changes to CUI Program

New Paper Calls for Changes to CUI Program

ARLINGTON, VA (October 25, 2021)—The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) today released Complex, Confusing, and Costly: Challenges Implementing the Government’s Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program, a new paper that details the onerous implementation requirements of the government’s CUI Program and offers eight recommendations urgently needed if the program is to ...

INSA Paper Examines Impediments to Security Reciprocity, Offers 14 Policy and Process Improvements

INSA Paper Examines Impediments to Security Reciprocity, Offers 14 Policy and Process Improvements

Delays caused by inefficiencies in security clearance reciprocity result in the estimated loss of 1,000 contractor-labor years at a cost of approximately $2B to the IC & upwards of $8B to the Federal Government. The latest INSA paper offers steps to improve policy & processes.

New INSA Report Examines Use of Publicly Available Electronic Information for Security Determinations, Insider Threat

New INSA Report Examines Use of Publicly Available Electronic Information for Security Determination ...

INSA's Insider Threat Subcommittee has released this report that provides recommendations on how the Director of National Intelligence can work with the Defense Department in order to effectively leverage publicly available electronic information for security clearances and to mitigate insider threats.

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