"The substantive changes that we have made to our personnel security clearance process significantly enhance our safeguarding of classified materials and the quality of life of our service members and civilian employees," said Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.
The improvements also led the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to recently remove the DoD personnel security clearance process from its "high risk list." Originally added to the high list risk in 2005, removal of the personnel security clearance process marks the first time the GAO has removed a DoD area from the list since its 1990 inception. The GAO also credited the DoD with improving the quality and oversight of its investigative and adjudicative processes.
"The Department of Defense was steadfast in its commitment to substantially improve performance in this area," said Deputy Chief Management Officer Elizabeth McGrath. "Not only because of the personal inconvenience experienced by individuals when navigating the clearance process, but also because delays in processing security clearances can cause delays in placing highly-qualified individuals in the cleared positions that need them. Additionally, the improvements made in the quality of our clearance decisions will ensure that we better safe-guard our nation's critical secrets."