U.S. SECURITY CLEARANCES: REDUCING THE SECURITY CLEARANCE BACKLOG WHILE PRESERVING INFORMATION SECURITY
Berger, Benjamin F.
Simeral, Robert L.
Dahl, Erik J.
MetadataShow full item record
From 2014-2018, the U.S. federal government security clearance backlog increased from 190,000 investigations to 710,000 investigations, according to a 2018 Government Accountability Office report. The backlog of security clearance investigations has resulted in investigation timelines that range between 134 and 395 days. The organization that handles 90 percent of the caseload for background investigations, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), has the capability to provide approximately 160,000-180,000 investigations annually. With current staffing structure, the NBIB can handle approximately 25 percent of the security clearance caseload. Changes in policy could be considered to address this critical issue; however, drastic change may be required to adequately address this issue. This thesis recommends a transformational organizational change to the National Background Investigations Bureau to address the backlog of security clearance investigations. A policy change that limits the annual amount of security clearance investigations to the throughput of the NBIB would reduce the backlog of security clearance investigations, increase the quality of investigations, and increase the integrity of national security information without adding to the costs of security clearances.
RightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The impact of selected modifications to the Defense Investigative Service credit report acquisition process Moeller, Alan Richard (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1989-09);This thesis examines whether it is necessary to manually enter credit history inquiry information instead of using similar information in D1S data bases when processing credit report requests pertaining to DoD security ...
Impact of altering the delinquent debt threshold used for background investigation expansion of the denial rate of security clearances Hill, Henry J. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1991-06);The purpose of this thesis was to conduct an analysis of cases of requests for Top Secret security clearances from applicants whose backgrounds showed some derogatory financial information, to determine the impact of the ...
Resource consequences of altering the delinquent debt threshold used in background investigations for security clearances Matheny, Paul D. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1993-12);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 ...