The U.S. Air Force has begun to collaborate with the National Background Investigations Bureau and the Office of Personnel Management to expedite the security clearance process and help reduce the investigation backlog, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
Maj. Kathleen Atanasoff, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, said the service, OPM and NBIB have started to set up centralized hubs to facilitate security clearance interviews without requiring applicants to travel to Washington.
Atanasoff told the station the service and NBIB have established interview hubs at Joint Base San AntonioÂ in Texas, Tidewater in Virginia and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio with plans to set up additional sites later this year.
âThe NBIB is surging investigators toÂ other Air Force bases with high caseloads, such as Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Warner Robins in Georgia and several bases in the surrounding Los Angeles area,â she added.
The report said the Air Force launched in May 2017 a process that aims to help NBIB identify investigations that need to be prioritized and immediately completed in order to meet mission-critical requirements.