A regulation jointly proposed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to update the position-designation process is inadequate, said a Government Accountability Office official. The proposed regulation is "a good step" toward meeting GAOs recommendations for updating security clearance issuance at agencies, said Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. However, implementation guidance still needs to be developed.
As of Oct. 1, 2011 4.86 million held a clearance, while as of Oct. 1, 2010 only 4.71 million held a security clearance, finds the report. Last year's clearance numbers also show a slight decrease in contractor clearances and an increase in those held by a "government employee" or "other."
Slightly more than 4.2 million people held security clearances, as of Oct.1, 2010, according to a congressional report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, made public Sept. 20