INSA Op-Ed Addresses Security Clearance Reciprocity

INSA Op-Ed Addresses Security Clearance Reciprocity

The process for security clearance reciprocity needs to change

In a Dec. 17 Op-Ed, INSA's Security Policy Reform Council Chair Charlie Allen calls on the Acting DNI to address the "burdensome and often redundant security policies and practices that prevent cleared government employees and contractors from moving across federal agencies, a practice commonly referred to as “reciprocity.” This is costing taxpayers billions – yes, billions – of dollars annually.

Agencies’ reluctance to recognize already-approved security clearances or an insistence on new investigations of previously cleared personnel comes at a significant cost – particularly to contractors, who often support multiple agencies simultaneously and thus frequently need their clearances “passed” between agencies. Bureaucratic delays prevent firms from staffing and executing their contracts and thus hinder agencies’ ability to fulfill their missions. Delays also leave skilled workers idle and drive top talent from the trusted workforce."

Allen goes on to note that "what is needed is a common-sense approach that eliminates administrative barriers, allocates adequate resources, modernizes outdated processes, and facilitates information-sharing."

Read Full Op-Ed on WorkScoop.com

Caroline Henry

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