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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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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “White House Security Clearance Trouble Shines Light On 'High Risk' Backlog Problem”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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.

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