David Berteau on Potential Risks, Benefits of Security Clearance Oversight Transfer to DoD

David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, told Government Matters in an interview aired Tuesday about industry’s concerns once the Defense Department takes over the governmentwide program for security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management.

Berteau mentioned the volume of the clearance backlog, background investigation process, funding and reciprocity as some of those concerns.

“[An] element is reciprocity, you have been cleared in one instance but it doesn’t necessarily transfer to another agency or contract,” he told host Colby Hochmuth.

“That will still be a dispersed problem across the federal government.”

Berteau also cited continuous evaluation, cost reduction and increased security as some of the potential benefits from the potential transition of the clearance process to DoD.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would authorize DoD to oversee the security clearance program. 

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