Security clearance reciprocity rate at 86 percent governmentwide

To many, the security clearance process remains frustrating and arduous. But over the last year, there have been some subtle, but important changes.

As House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers likely will find out Feb. 2 at a hearing, the lead agencies, the Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence took steps in 2016 that officials expect to pay dividends this year in reforming and improving the security clearance process.

Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said those steps were the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), enhancements to make the investigative processes more effective, the social media policy and, maybe most importantly, the prioritization of which federal employees and contractors need clearances soonest.

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