Security Clearances

Transforming Security Clearance Policy

The traditional system for granting or denying security clearances for access to classified information is undergoing a significant overhaul as it transitions into what is called Trusted Workforce 2.0.

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Personal Debt and National Security

Last June the Department of Defense┬ádenied an application for security clearance for access to classified information because the applicant had “delinquent debts totaling about $24,000.”…

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Security Clearances and Presidential Authority

Revoking security clearances for access to classified information in order to punish critics, as the White House proposed to do yesterday, is probably within the President’s authority. But it shouldn’t…

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Tackling the Security Clearance Backlog

The total number of persons holding security clearances for access to classified information dropped to just over 4 million at the end of FY 2016, according to a long-delayed government…

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Security Clearances and Presidential Authority

“Security clearances are not mandated for the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, or other constitutional officers,” a recent┬áCongressional Research Service report explains. “The…

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Security Clearance Reform Gets “Re-Baselined”

The executive branch is reconfiguring its approach to vetting individuals for access to sensitive information and granting them security clearances in an attempt to modernize and improve its procedures, according…

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