PSC Applauds Enactment of the SECRET Act
Legislation Requires Better Security Clearance Reporting 


May 23, 2018

Arlington, Va. (May 23, 2018) —The Professional Services Council (PSC) welcomed the signing of the Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act (H.R. 3210). PSC sent a letter May 7 to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of the legislation—which passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Trump yesterday. 

“Contractors are often unable to fill positions requiring clearances, even when the positions are funded under existing contracts. Essential work goes unperformed, and critical national security missions are not met,” said PSC president and CEO David J. Berteau. “While there is much work to be done on addressing security clearances and we urge Congress and the Executive Branch to continue to prioritize efforts to improve the process, enactment of H.R. 3210 represents a critical initial step in quantifying, tracking, and mitigating the growing backlog of security clearance investigations.” 

“PSC greatly appreciates the leadership of Reps. Steve Knight and Gerry Connolly to shepherd this bill into law to provide much needed accountability and transparency into the clearance process,” Berteau continued. 

PSC has prioritized solutions to the security clearance process and testified before Congress twice this year to highlight the negative impact of the backlog and wait times on the contractor community.

The new law requires the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to submit quarterly reports on the backlog of personnel security clearances, including the size of the backlog and estimated wait times for initial investigations and periodic reinvestigations, and report to Congress on efforts to move the government toward Continuous Evaluation and true reciprocal recognition of clearances. Additionally, the bill requires that the NBIB Director submit a backlog mitigation plan that includes identified causes of the backlog, planned steps to reduce the backlog, and proposed process reforms to improve the efficiency and quality of clearance investigations.

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About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s nearly 400 member companies represent small, medium and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter at @PSCSpeaks. To learn more, visit www.pscouncil.org.