Security Policy Reform

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

INSA Senior Intelligence Advisor

Principal, The Chertoff Group

Kathy Pherson

INSF Trustee

CEO, Pherson Associates, LLC

Publications

SPRC in the News

INSA Joins Call for Congress to Act on Security Clearance Reform

INSA Joins Call for Congress to Act on Security Clearance Reform

INSA was among six organizations to sign a letter urging Congress to take "concrete actions" toward addressing deficiencies and risks in the security clearance process. The letter was addressed to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Armed Services Committees, respectively.

Charlie Allen Op-ed Addresses "Culture of Leaking"

Charlie Allen Op-ed Addresses "Culture of Leaking"

"The American public has grown increasingly accustomed to the revelation of national security secrets, and leakers are lauded as heroes exposing government abuses," writes INSA senior intelligence adviser Charlie Allen. "In doing so, society marginalizes the detrimental impact to national security."

In FedScoop, Charlie Allen Warns of Counterintelligence Risks from OPM Breach

In FedScoop, Charlie Allen Warns of Counterintelligence Risks from OPM Breach

"The data breach of the Office of Personnel Management could affect more than 20 million Americans. Yet the true magnitude of this breach lies in the seemingly infinite ways it has compromised our national security," says Security Policy Reform Council Chair Charlie Allen in a July 2015 op-ed for FedScoop.

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