Resource consequences of altering the delinquent debt threshold used in background investigations for security clearances
Matheny, Paul D.
Timm, Howard W.
San Miguel, Joseph
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This thesis presents the results of a study conducted to determine the resource impact of raising the delinquent debt threshold used to expand background investigations on security clearances from $500 to $2000. Statistical analysis was used to investigate the effects of this change in policy on the frequency of financial issue case security clearance investigations. The results of the analysis indicate that a reduction did occur in the number of financial related issue cases as a percentage of the total number of issue cases after the threshold change had taken place. As a result, resources are saved as case controllers, investigators, adjudicators, administrators, and secretarial staff spend less time, effort, and related travel on financial related issue cases. Additional savings are realized as defense contractor employees spend less time on menial tasks waiting for security clearances to be approved.
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