Leveraging Emerging Technologies in the Security Clearance Process

Leveraging Emerging Technologies in the Security Clearance Process

Recent compromises of U.S. government national security information highlight the need to focus on the periodic reinvestigation (PR) process and make fundamental improvements. Policy makers have a unique opportunity to make long overdue adjustments to the security clearance process.

This report outlines an approach to augment PRs through a process of “continuous monitoring and evaluation” (CME) that will make reinvestigations more regular and consistent; improve the relevance and accuracy of PR data collection and analysis; and enable greater portability of clearance holder data. Our combining “continuous monitoring” and “continuous evaluation” into a single term, CME, is intended to emphasize our belief that workplace information technology (IT) use behavior and external personnel data can and should both be defined as inputs to a continuous monitoring process. Current directives define the terms separately (see Glossary). An “enhanced PR” does not replace the current PR process, but offers an evolutionary way to implement a state-of-the-art process to provide an ongoing perspective on cleared individuals rather than a snapshot every five years or more.

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