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Shorter Clearance Investigation Times for IT Pros

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Are you a technology professional trying to get a security clearance? If so, the odds are you’ll be playing less of the waiting game than many others.

That’s because the government processes clearances for IT pros more quickly than for others, according to a new study by ClearanceJobs.com, Nextgov reports.

According to that study, almost half of IT job-seekers clearance investigations were completed within four months.

“While months-long waits may sound and feel like an eternity, especially to an employee given an interim clearance and awaiting additional job responsibilities, the reality is, the timing of the security clearance process has improved markedly since 2005,” according to the study.

As Nextgov reports, clearance-investigation times have improved since the middle of last decade, when recurrent backlogs drew the ire of the Government Accountability Office’s auditors.

The ClearanceJobs.com study found that increased clearance personnel, increased use of digital fingerprinting and legislative guidance, such as the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevent Act, have helped to speed up the process.

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One comment

  1. Actually, that is not a true statement. The clearances process can be a timely process, unless you are in a position deemed mission critial.

    To say that IT folks are process differenly than anyone else, is just not a true statement.

    Security First & Associates
    Author: Everything you need to know about the security clearance process, but are afraid to ask.

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