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Employees' peers can fill gap when vetting clearances
Federal Times (2012)
  • Jan Kallberg, University of Texas at Dallas

Federal Times' Jan. 8 editorial ["Time to overhaul security clearance system"] proposed changes in the security clearance system. Many of these proposed changes are straightforward: one unified government body that handles clearances, reciprocity among agencies to honor the clearance, and increased automation. I would like to add another recommendation: peer reporting during the period the security clearance is held. The process of clearing personnel would be faster if we could rely on automated vetting with limited additional manual research, and then add active peer reporting. A structured clearance process at the entrance point can be trespassed, but peers watch and see things every day. The weakness of centralized security clearances is the lack of proximity to the individual and the behaviors of the person. In a centralized vetting process, there are rules and parameters the person in question needs to pass. The structure and processes of these procedures are often identified and well known. This opens the opportunity for a number of individuals to "fly under the radar" because they know how to play the system.

  • security clearance,
  • national security,
  • peer,
  • security,
  • security studies
Publication Date
March 4, 2012
Citation Information
Jan Kallberg. "Employees' peers can fill gap when vetting clearances" Federal Times (2012)
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