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GAO: ODNI Needs Better-Defined Clearance Policies

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence does not have clearly defined policies and procedures regarding security clearance requirements, according to a recent audit.

A Government Accountability Office report dated July 12 found that even though 4.8 million federal government and contractor employees have received or were eligible for security clearances.

Auditors found that since there is no policy, agencies use a tool designed by the Office of Personnel Management to examine risk levels of civilian positions.

However, an April 2012 OPM audit found inconsistencies in this tool.

GAO recommends in the report that the DNI and OPM work together to revise the OPM designation tool.

A recent survey found that the federal government has been able to cut down waiting time for clearance applicants from six months to just 30 days.

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