Industry Proposals to Enhance Efficiency and Reduce Costs in National Security Contracts
This paper builds on INSA’s previous report, “Improving Security While Managing Risk,” published in October 2007, and provides recommendations for more effective contract security management. It takes a strategic view, drawing lessons from the many achievements of the personnel security reform process, and it seeks additional efficiencies and savings that can be realized with a collaborative effort between government and industry. By highlighting the substantial “hidden costs” to the government that result from varying departmental practices for granting security clearances to industry and the lack of standard, integrated, IC-wide management practices and policy approaches, this paper identifies problem areas where costs can be reduced and suggests how to do it.
We offer the following goals for reforming security policy and practice for industry:
- Continue improving security processes and metrics for clearances, facilities, policies, and reinvestigations.
- Decrease costs through implementation of security guidelines that facilitate the agility and responsiveness of cleared and clearable industry personnel.
- Develop and execute across the IC more flexible approaches to security practices, such as increasing use of “read-in/read-out” access for research, proposal development, or short term projects.
- Enable industry’s capability to anticipate government needs and provide innovative solutions.
- Promote a level playing field across the full range of industry, large and small.
- Improve the clear and consistent application of security guidelines across companies and agencies.