Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who chairs theÂ House Armed Services Subcommittee onÂ Oversight and Investigations, held an event to address concerns in theÂ Defense Department‘s clearance process.
TheÂ subcommittee’s fourth official event discussed on ongoing efforts to streamline DoD’s process for granting security clearances to employees and contractors, theÂ House Armed Services Committee said Friday.
The current clearance process has prolonged waiting periods and caused a backlog of overÂ 700,000 cases in 2017.
As a result, Congress ordered the department to apply other programs and technologies to streamline and boost the accuracy of the clearance process.
Hartzler convened four recent subcommittee meetings she had with officials from theÂ Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Defense Security Service, theÂ National Background Investigations Bureau and theÂ Government Accountability Office.
These meetings revolved around various reports and plans aiming to address issues on the process.