The number of people holding security clearances for access to classified information decreased last year by about 12 percent or 635,000 people, says a recently released Office of the Director of National Intelligence report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News blog.
The Defense Department reduced the number of employees and contractors who hold security clearances over the last two years by more than 700,000 people, according to documents obtained by open government expert Steven Aftergood on his Secrecy News blog.
Postal service contract drivers didn't always comply with security clearance requirements and the Postal Service isn't adequately monitoring the process, says a Nov. 20 USPS inspector general report. The Postal Service requires contract drivers to obtain non-sensitive security clearances, which the Postal Inspection Service Security Investigations Service Center must renew every 4 years, the report (pdf) says.
Retired Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay said he would focus on fixing the Office of Personnel's background check system if the Senate approves his nomination as the agency's deputy director, a position that has been vacant for more than three years.
The Navy's top intelligence officer has had his security clearance suspended for the last year, a Nov. 4 Federal Times article says.
The government has made progress in bettering oversight of the security clearance process in the year since Aaron Alexis killed 12 people in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, says Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert in a Sept. 16 blog post. Cobert, who also heads up the interagency task force reviewing the current security clearance process, says the pilot initiatives launched since the shooting have been shown to be effective and will be expanded to the most sensitive security clearance holders in fiscal 2016.
A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would require random audits for those holding security clearances at agencies. The bill (S.1618), sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), would require that everyone with a security clearance would get audited randomly twice over a five year period.
More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearance owe back taxes, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO found that about 83,000 DoD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012, the report says.
The Office of Management and Budget will collect information on training and case management to help implement continuous evaluations on the security clearances of federal workers, a July 18 OMB memo says. The memo expands on what OMB wants from agencies under the program to monitor security clearances.
The number of federal security clearances issued and renewed dropped about 9 percent since 2011, an April 17 Office of the Director of National Intelligence report says. Security clearance approvals decreased in fiscal 2013 to about 777,000 from nearly 800,000 in fiscal 2012 and about 850,000 in fiscal 2011, the report (pdf) says.