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Security Clearance Management in the Spotlight as OMB Updates Benchmarks

The transformative effort to improve the security clearance process has been underway for the past several years, with significant new benchmarks announced just this month at the recent U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill. Jason Miller, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and chair of the Performance Accountability Council Program Management Office discussed the recently announced metrics and reforms within the security clearance process, and how PAC-PMO is providing accountability and a management framework for the government to achieve its aggressive timeline goals. The government is looking to move away from 90% reporting and will include 100% of the cleared population in its reporting benchmarks, along with creating more aggressive timelines around reform.

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