Contractors waste billions awaiting clearances
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 9, 2012
If the INSA report’s estimates are accurate that 10 percent to 20 percent of contractors are awaiting security clearances at any given time, the cost of wasted contractor man-hours to the government would be roughly between $900 million and $1.8 billion a month
by Sarah Chocko Federal Times January 8, 2012
Federal delays in granting security clearances keep 10 percent to 20 percent of federal intelligence contractors from doing their intended work, wasting billions of dollars, a new report says.
Contractors — many of whom are former federal employees who held clearances in the past — can wait weeks to months for a security clearance when they take on a new assignment with a different federal agency, according to the report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), a nonprofit group representing federal intelligence and military officials, as well as federal contractors.
Agencies typically do not honor security clearances granted by other federal agencies, even though they are supposed to.
“If the person holds the clearances … you shouldn’t have to go through a lot of process,” said Charlie Allen, former Homeland Security undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, who led the INSA Security Clearance Reform task force. “We think the processes could be greatly improved. Significant savings can be incurred.”
While new employees wait, they still draw the plum salaries reserved for those with security clearances — doing nothing or work that doesn’t require special access.