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Senators Seek Greater Transparency for Security Clearances

Sens. Mark Warner and Susan Collins unveiled a bipartisan bill which seeks to secure the integrity of security clearance procedures.

The Integrity in Security Clearance Determinations Act will allow, deny or revoke security clearance requests through the use of a published criteria to allow objectivity, accountability and transparency with the process, Warner's office said Thursday.

The bill will bar agencies from punishing whistle blowers through the use of security clearances and prevent the executive branch from nullifying clearance requests via constitutional rights. In addition, it will also allow government employees to appeal denials for security clearances.

"This bipartisan bill would make the current system more fair and transparent by ensuring that decisions to grant, deny, or revoke clearances are based solely on established adjudicative guidelines," Collins said.

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