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Federal Agency to Use AI to Improve Security Clearance Process

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The National Background Investigation Service plans to launch its first artificial intelligence algorithm to accelerate review of federal security clearances, FedScoop reported Monday.

The current clearance application requires paperwork, interviews with applicants’ friends and family members and an evidence package for assessment.

“We already have about 1.1 million names in the system in today as part of the initiative,” said Terry Carpenter, a program executive officer for the service. “It just goes through the data sources on some recurring schedule, according to rules set by the business organization, and if an anomaly comes up, then we look at the anomaly and decide what to do with it.”

The office began streamlining form submissions through the Trusted Workforce 2.0 app launched in 2018 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The agency moved the app to the cloud and plans to compile data from various sources to prepare the tool for AI integration. AI will assist NBIS officials with decision-making by analyzing data for evidence.