House Introduces Bill to Reform Security Clearance Process

March 5, 2014

House Introduces Bill to Reform Security Clearance Process

On February 10, 2014, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), along with co-sponsor Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), introduced the “Security Clearance Reform Act of 2014” (H.R. 4022). This bill would require the president to develop a strategic plan to improve the federal security clearance process. Under the bill, this process would have to include plans to ensure that federal employees, rather than contractors, conduct quality reviews of top secret–level investigations and subject interviews. Additionally, the plan would have to provide for a continuous evaluation and monitoring system through which government agencies could obtain real-time updates on critical information relevant to background check investigations. The government would have one year to implement this plan following its submission to Congress. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on the Judiciary. 






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