White House Security Clearance Trouble Shines Light On 'High Risk' Backlog Problem
Added 02-10-18 01:06:02pm EST - “Rob Porter was working at the White House with a temporary security clearance. Throughout the government, though, there is a big backlog of background checks that is hampering its function.” - Npr.org
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Ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter speaks to President Trump after remarks he made on violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption
Ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter speaks to President Trump after remarks he made on violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J.
The resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter after media reports of domestic abuse allegations against him — allegations he has denied — raises some key questions about government security clearances, and how they're obtained.
More than 3 million government employees hold some type of security clearance, most in the Department of Defense. That's more than half of all federal jobs. Another 1.2 million government contractors held clearances, as of 2015.
And the government is running into what security experts warn is a major problem — a mounting backlog that is hampering critical functions of the government. Some 700,000 people are waiting to have clearances processed, according to a report issued last week by the U.S. Comptroller's office, and many see the process as broken.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Chilling lapses in security and background clearance process shown by Rob Porter’s access to classified info. White House indifference, on full display at today’s press briefing, should outrage and frighten everyone.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) February 8, 2018
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