According to Matthew Weigelt’s report, 74 percent of respondents have at least 101 employees with clearances.
One-fourth of contractors said they spent between $1 million and $10 million per year to acquire security clearances because agencies hardly practice reciprocity of clearances across government, according to the report.
Companies reported the process of securing a clearance lasts between six and nine months and the lack of mutual acceptance between agencies contributes to that amount of time.
In June, the Government Accountability Office released a report acknowledging reforms in the clearance approval process and a recent ClearanceJobs.com survey claims most clearance applicants got approval within 30 days.
Ninety-six percent of respondents reported difficulty in shifting personnel with a clearance to another contract with a different agency, with 74 percent claiming the Department of Homeland Security as the most difficult.
The Defense Department only received 7 percent of the negative remarks, according to the report.