How long does it take to get security clearance? Q4 2022 | Techno Glob


According to figures recently released by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), security clearance processing times are shrinking. It currently takes 121 days to obtain Top Secret security clearance for the fastest 90% of DoD/Industry applicants and 95 days to obtain Secret clearance for the fastest 90% of DoD/Industry applicants.

Security Clearance Processing Times Q4 2022

There were five specific issues of clearance denials and cancellations flagged by DCSA for the fourth quarter of 2022:

  1. Financial problems
  2. personal conduct
  3. criminal conduct
  4. Involvement of drugs
  5. Alcohol consumption

If you follow security clearance denials and revocations, you’ll notice that these numbers align very closely with the total number of reasons for security clearance denials and revocations as reported by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). A key difference between DOHA’s reported cases and DCSA’s quarterly update is foreign influence, which ranks third among the reasons for denial and revocation of approval for DOHA and does not make the top 5 reasons listed by DCSA for the FY2022 year-to-date.

Why the issue of less foreign influence in quarterly versus total updates? It may come down to how these alerts are triggered. As Trusted Workforce 2.0 rolls out and agencies implement Trusted Workforce 1.5, automated record checks are more likely to detect problems with criminal conduct, alcohol consumption or drug involvement — largely due to flagging issues around DUIs or other drug or alcohol-related citations. What will not be flagged in the CE Alert (but will be in the initial SF-86) are foreign-born relatives or foreign connections. As CE flagging and potential security clearance issues continue to be detected early (based on CE-triggers and not based on 5 or 10-year episodic intervals), the top reasons for clearance denials and revocations may fluctuate.

DCSA’s Office of Vetting Risk Operations notes that CE Alerts are proving successful in identifying problems early, with 45,000 valid alerts from 31,000 unique subjects. And 40% of those alerts were previously unknown.

Self-reporting and CE

With CE (of some form) applicable to all security clearance holders, government leaders are emphasizing the need to continue a culture of self-reporting issues rather than waiting for CE warnings to begin. The self-reporting requirements under CE have not changed, and an important step in mitigating potential problems for security clearance holders – particularly financial problems or alcohol-related incidents among the main reasons for clearance denial and revocation – is to report those problems to their security. officer



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