The executive branch does not have clear policies for when a civilian federal worker needs a security clearance, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this month. In the 54-page report, the GAO examines both executive branch policies around when a particular position requires a security clearance and how agencies review if a position continues to require a security clearance. The researchers found that while “agency officials were aware of the need to keep the number of security clearances to a minimum,” they “were not always required to conduct periodic reviews and validations of the security clearance needs of existing positions.”
When it comes to protecting sensitive information, companies are increasingly looking inside their own four walls for the source of leaks and malicious attacks. Wikileaks shed light on the impact a single individual could have, with Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged release of thousands of classified cables. Government agencies and private companies are growing increasingly vigilant, and looking for new solutions to monitor employee activities.