The Senate Intelligence Committee’s vice chairman said Friday at a Northern Virginia Technology Council event that the security clearance process takes 540 days to complete and the government has a clearance backlog of approximately 740,000.
He introduced amendments to the proposed National Defense Authorization Act that would speed up secret clearance investigations within a month and top secret investigations within three months.
Warner, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, has also advanced measures that would direct agencies to disclose the costs of clearances; permit interviews through Skype; and provide access to criminal and college records.
“I’ve had a commitment that we are going to get rid of over 100k backlogged clearances before the end of the year,” he said.
Warner cited the need for the U.S. to have a set of guidelines for cyber warfare and its response as well as the country’s concerns of a potential cyber escalation with near peer adversaries such as Russia and China.