Industry Highlights Security Clearance Progress and 
Urges Continued Focus on Reforms   

Arlington, Va. (August 2, 2019)—The Professional Services Council (PSC) joined industry executives and additional associations in a letter that highlights progress on the serious deficiencies in the government’s security clearance processes and urges congressional and executive branch leaders to continue efforts to modernize and reform those processes.  

“Companies face many challenges in building workforces for the government’s critical national security missions, and the letter highlights broad industry support for helping the government fix the security clearance aspects of these challenges,” said David Berteau, PSC president & CEO. “Progress has been made, including in reducing the background investigations backlog, but we still need action on the areas where structural problems have proven difficult.”

The July 31 letter was addressed to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner. It updates a previous letter to the Hill sent in 2017 that called attention to security clearance problems, their harmful consequences, and includes a number of specific recommendations to fix them. 

The 2019 letter states in part: We thank members of Congress and the Executive Branch for recognizing this critical national security issue and their efforts to modernize and improve a 70-year-old process. We stand ready to do our part in reforming the security clearance process. We look forward to additional informed dialog and a productive partnership to address this critical national security issue.

As part of its campaign to help the government take tangible, concrete actions to overhaul, modernize, and reform security clearance processes, PSC testified before Congress twice last year and will continue its efforts on needed reforms. 

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