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The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) challenged the Federal Government to address longstanding problems with the timeliness and effectiveness of the process for granting national security clearances. Congress called for performance improvements and established specific timeliness goals.

 

The leadership of the Executive Branch agencies primarily responsible for performance of these security and suitability processes - the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Defense (DOD) – took charge of the reform effort to ensure the goals of the IRTPA are met.

 

Executive Order (EO) 13467, among other things, required greater alignment of the processes for determining suitability for Federal employment, eligibility for access to classified information, and employment in sensitive national security positions. It also created the Performance Accountability Council (PAC), as well as the Security and Suitability Executive Agents. The PAC is chaired by the Deputy Director for Management, OMB, and is accountable to the President to ensure coordination across the Federal Government, align processes to the extent possible, drive reform efforts, and oversee implementation of reform.

Security and Suitability Reform Effort

 

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) (PDF) called for improvements in the U.S. Government’s security clearance processes.  The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence co-authored a charter to establish a Joint IC/DoD Security Clearance Reform Team that convened on 18 June 2007.  Additionally, Executive Order (EO) 13467 (PDF), Reforming Processes Related to Suitability for Government Employees, Fitness for Contractor Employees, and Eligibility for Access to National Security Information, and Executive Order 13764 amended and clarified several personnel security-related statutory and executive authorities when creating the DNI’s Security Executive Agent (SecEA) role. The SecEA is a key figure with Security Clearance Reform and is a Principal member on the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC). Chaired by Office of Management and Budget, the PAC is the principal interagency forum for ensuring the alignment of security clearance and suitability processes across the Executive Branch.

Background Investigator

Security Adjudicator

Form SF 312:

Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement

Last revision date 07/2013

 

Form SF 714:

Financial Disclosure Report

Last revision date 02/2015

 

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in accordance with EO 13467, is responsible, as the Security Executive Agent (SecEA), for the development, implementation, and oversight of effective, efficient, and uniform policies and procedures governing the conduct of investigations and adjudications for eligibility for access to classified information and eligibility to hold a sensitive position. While the DNI is focused primarily on the Intelligence Community (IC), as SecEA his responsibilities are further extended to cover personnel security processes within all agencies, government-wide.

The Special Security Directorate (NCSC/SSD), NCSC’s Special Security Directorate serves as the Executive Staff for all Security Executive Agent functions and responsibilities on behalf of the DNI.

The Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC) is responsible to the President for driving implementation of the Security and Suitability Reform Effort and for “ensuring accountability by agencies, ensuring the Suitability Executive Agent and the Security Executive Agent align their respective processes, and sustaining reform momentum.”

Executive Order 12333 as Amended, 30 July 2008 (PDF)

 

Goals, Directions, Duties, Responsibilities and Conduct with respect to the United States Intelligence Efforts.

 

Reforms the Intelligence Community and creates the Director of National Intelligence.

 

Establishes the National Counterintelligence Executive, the National CI Policy Board, and the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive with title IX of the FY 2003 Intelligence Authorization Act.

 

Authorized intelligence and intelligence-related activities for FY 2003.

 

 

Reforms the Intelligence Community and creates the Director of National Intelligence.

 

Authorized intelligence and intelligence-related activities for FY 2004.

 

Authorized intelligence and intelligence-related activities for FY 2005.

 

"Uniting and strengthening America by providing appropriate tools required to intercept and obstruct terrorism."

 

 

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