Clearance costs are released – and go up – every year. Tier 1 investigations aren’t even clearances, they’re simple automated checks for low-risk positions. Tier 5 investigations are the investigations at the Top Secret level and require the most work – and the most cost.
If there were only one new system that could be implemented in the next five years to support the background investigations program, the first priority should be on the implementation of a modern, centralized case management system.
Security clearance reform efforts have largely focused on Continuous Evaluation (CE) and the role automation can play in security clearance background investigations. One issue that has remained largely unaddressed is the issue of case management.
Included in the sweeping federal government reforms announced by the White House today is the plan to overhaul the security clearance background investigation process, placing it under the control of the Department of Defense.