Arlington, Va. (July 17, 2019) – PSC welcomed today’s House passage of the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020 (H.R. 3494), which includes key national security clearance reform provisions.
| PSC Welcomes House Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act
Key Security Clearance Reforms Now Passed by Both Chambers
“With today’s successful vote, both Houses of Congress have now passed key reforms designed to modernize the government’s security clearance process,” said PSC President and CEO David Berteau. “There remains much work to be done, but this is a clear, positive step that will move these long-needed provisions closer to enactment.”
The bill includes PSC-supported security clearance reforms that will:
• Improve information-sharing programs between government and industry;
• Require new reporting relating to background investigations and reciprocity;
• Set goals for the timely completion of security clearance determinations;
• Address the advisability and risks associated with consolidating positions of trust and reducing the number of security clearance tiers to three; and
• Require additional budget documentation on the costs of security clearances government-wide.
“The Office of Personnel Management’s National Background Investigations Bureau has worked hard to reduce the backlog and the time for background investigations, but the overall process still takes too long,” Berteau continued. “While PSC and industry welcome this progress, we remain focused on ensuring that the government continues to improve while still maintaining the integrity of the clearance process and protecting our national security. The Intelligence Authorization bill will help do that.”
The House passed the IAA today and the Senate-committee passed Intelligence Authorization Act (S. 1589) was included in the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the full Senate on June 27. PSC will continue to push for enactment of these provisions.
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