It only took four months for nearly half of many government and contracting professionals to complete the security clearance process, the Washington Business Journal reports.
Over the last two years, the federal government cut the waiting time for most clearance applicants by 30 days, Jill Aitoro wrote, quoting a survey from Clearancejobs.com.
Survey authors noted that the majority of defense clearances are processed in Fort Meade, Md., resulting from facility consolidation, and the Office of Personnel Management has increased its investment in the clearance process.
Forty-one percent of government and contractor candidates wait more than six months and 7 percent wait more than a year, the survey said.
Applying for top secret clearances is a much longer process, as candidates wait as much as three times longer to receive clearances.
In December 2011, the Government Accountability Office cited improvements in the Defense Department’s program for processing clearances, six years after GAO placed the program on its high-risk list.
GAO said the Pentagon implemented quality assessment tools for measuinrg performance in both investigations and adjudications.