The number of Americans who have been investigated and deemed eligible for access to classified information rose last year to a total of 5,150,379 as of October 2013. It was the fourth consecutive year of growth in the security-cleared population. The new total includes civilian and military government employees (3.7 million) and contractor personnel (1 […]
Recent unauthorized disclosures of classified information might have been prevented if U.S. intelligence agencies “continuously evaluated the backgrounds of employees and contractors,” according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). In its new report on the FY 2014 intelligence authorization bill, the Committee would require intelligence agencies to “continuously determine whether their employees […]
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An introduction to the process for granting security clearances for access to classified information was presented in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, September 9, 2013. A related CRS report on leaks and the law was also updated this week. See Criminal Prohibitions on […]
It is generally understood that there is no legally enforceable “right” to be granted a security clearance for access to classified information. And a landmark 1988 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Department of the Navy v. Egan has often been interpreted to preclude judicial review of the merits of an agency decision to deny or […]
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