Contractors Waste Billions Awaiting Clearances

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. 

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