Updating the Security Clearance System

The Offices of the Director of National Intelligence and Personnel Management are working to remove the many snags dogging the current security clearance system. Significant changes are planned for the overall security clearance framework, including how suitability is evaluated and credentialing is granted. Importantly, there will be a common doctrine or understanding on how “trust” will be determined and how security clearances are granted to individuals across Federal agencies and industry. One key change will be a new process that continuously evaluates an individual’s trust after a clearance has been granted. This is a significant departure from the practice of periodic reinvestigations – and backlogs – under the current system. Flexibility will be afforded Federal employees and contractors to take their security clearances from agency to agency and in and out of government, removing reciprocity and administrative hurdles.   

Trusted Information Providers

The plan also includes developing a “Trusted Information Provider Program” within the broader framework that will provide investigators access to basic information during the security clearance investigations phase. This will reduce wait times and improve the information verification timeline. Trusted or “authorized providers” of key information in the public and private sectors will be able to confirm information associated with an individual’s background. Policy implementing documents for the changes are being finalized. It is believed that their implementation will bring cost and time efficiencies to agencies and industry alike. The pending Executive Order (EO) that will merge the investigative mission of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), with that of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Security Service (DSS), will create a single agency responsible, in part, for managing all background investigations, granting security clearances, and overseeing continuous evaluation efforts. 

Effective Content Management is a Requirement

Policies associated with the new security clearance framework will drive changes in agency and company processes as well as enterprise systems. It stands to reason that these policies may address Insider Threat, Supply Chain Risk, and awareness training efforts. Next Phase Solution, LLC, a woman-owned small business, offers federal and industry customers OnBase by Hyland, a versatile data content management solution developed here in the United States. OnBase is a COTS, low-custom-code solution that is cloud architecture-friendly and can merge legacy data systems into user interfaces to provide an enhanced seamless enterprise management capability. OnBase will configure to support new policy requirements and associated process flows under the emerging security clearance framework. Flexible, scalable and secure, OnBase evolves as customer requirements change and at lower costs. With enterprise data encrypted on the move or while at rest, OnBase is secure and helps counter insider-threat risks. On the GSA Schedule, Next Phase Solution, LLC is ready to help the Intelligence, Defense and Homeland Security Communities meet the challenges of today and prepare for tomorrow. Contact us at (407) 440-1411 or send us an email at npscorp@npsols.com.

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