Security clearance delays still a problem
- By Florence Olsen
- Aug 31, 2005
Security clearance delays are the same, if not worse, than a year ago, before lawmakers made changes designed to help clear the backlog, Information Technology Association of America officials said in a survey report released Aug. 31.
Harris Miller, ITAA’s president, said newly enacted reciprocity rules have made no dent in a problem that is creating mounting costs for high-tech companies. Those rules permit agencies to accept clearances initiated by other agencies.
ITAA officials said 27 member companies that responded to a survey are coping with the backlog by hiring cleared employees from one another, sometimes paying premiums of up to 25 percent.
Responding to a Web-based survey, 81 percent, or 21 companies, said they had encountered delays of 270 or more days in getting top-secret clearances for employees. Last year, when ITAA conducted a similar survey, 70 percent reported equally lengthy delays.
The longest waits occurred in seeking clearances for employees to work at the CIA and the Defense Department.