Arlington, Va. (May 26, 2021)
PSC Participates in House Committee Roundtable on Security Clearances
Security Clearance Process Improvements Strengthened by Industry and Government Collaboration
The Professional Services Council (PSC) today participated in a virtual roundtable
before the House Committee Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations, hosted by Chairman Gerry Connolly, on security clearance procedures and reforms. The roundtable included government and industry and provided an opportunity to highlight ongoing issues with the government-wide security clearance process.
Stephanie Kostro, PSC’s Executive Vice President for Policy, provided testimony on key challenges for federal contractors, and set the stage for the conversation by laying out three topics that remain as top concerns for industry: reciprocity, the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) platform, and information sharing and communication.
“PSC is grateful for Chairman Connolly’s leadership on this issue and his continued focus to make the clearance process better, faster and more secure,” said Kostro. “There has been real and tangible progress, but there are also remains persistent challenges that need prioritization.”
The roundtable also included PSC member companies, Director Bill Lietzau and representatives of Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, and Brian Mazanec from the Government Accountability Office. In addition to Chairman Connolly, Ranking Member Jody Hice and Representatives Don Beyer and Eleanor Holmes Norton participated.
“Chairman Connolly noted that it is incumbent on the government to communicate with industry and that this is a partnership,” Kostro continued. “PSC looks forward to continuing this dialog to ensure that our member companies can recruit and retain the trusted workforce needed for mission success.”