After hearing and seeing a large quantity of confusion I figured I would write a post about clearance investigations in the DoD.
The investigation process is finally being overhauled due to the backlog of over a million investigations. The DoD is switching from relying on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to perform their clearance investigations to the Defense Security Services (DSS) and Part of this change involves the new Continuous Evaluation (CE) system to replace reinvestigations.
The CE system involves an automated system that pulls multiple databases such as the FBI database and the credit companies for derogatory information on individuals with current clearances. If derogatory information is found by this system it is then flagged for human review to determine if the information is factually accurate and the severity. Once it has been determined to be a legitimate concern it will be forwarded to the Central Adjudication Facility (CAF) for dissemination to the individuals owning security official and for action. The security official will notify the individual in question and will gather the information asked of them by the CAF. Once this information is provided to the CAF, they will proceed to adjudicate based on the 13 adjudicative guidelines, whether the member reported this information prior to the CAF notifying his security official, many other factors.
The CE process will greatly reduce the amount of investigations needed in theory, bringing clearance processing times back down to an acceptable time frame. This will also likely get rid of T5R and T3R investigations. This process has already started being implemented, beginning with contractors and slowly phasing to the rest of the DoD.
In closing, this switch from OPM to DSS and the CE system will hopefully improve the investigation process dramatically and will break further into evaluating a person’s clearance eligibility based more on the whole person concept rather than scraping the the surface of an individual’s life to determine clearance eligibility.