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The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years

The US federal government will soon release Trusted Workforce 2.0, which represents a major overhaul of the security clearance process that in its current state has lead to long delays, thereby undermining the ability of federal agencies to hire IT talent.

The new clearance framework is the product of a cooperative effort spearheaded by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), who received support from the Defense Department. The government believes that the Trusted Workforce 2.0, which is going to be finalized within two weeks, will enable it to reduce the number of open security clearance investigations from the current total of 551,000 to a workable baseline of between 220,000 and 250,000 investigations.

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