When a backlog of pending security clearances piles up too high, Congress has one answer: Hand it to someone else.
That’s what lawmakers did in 2004, when the Defense Department had its own immense inventory of background investigations, and lawmakers, frustrated with DoD’s delays in processing them, called on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to serve as the governmentwide security clearance provider.
Now, as the backlog, once again, reaches new extremes, Congress is taking a page out of its own history book and is sending the security clearance process back to the Pentagon.
Lawmakers included a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would give DoD complete ownership over the security clearance process for its own personnel.
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