Security Clearance Process Changes Under New Bureau

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If you're a veteran looking to land a job that requires a security clearance, the new semi-independent office taking over the processing of security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management might mean quicker turnaround time (and more accurate checks).

The National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) was set up to replace U.S. Investigations Services (USIS). A lawsuit claimed that OPM-contracted USIS failed to do complete reviews in 665,000 investigations. USIS' image was further hurt when it was revealed it had been the contracting agency behind clearing both Edward Snowden and the Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis.

The transition leaves NBIB with an estimated 500,000 backlogged security investigations, The Washington Post reported.

To lead the charge, President Obama appointed Charlie Phalen as head of NBIB. Phalen was a line-level background investigator before working for 30 years in the federal government. His last post before NBIB was as director of security for the CIA. He'll have a workforce of approximately 8,500 employees to help him revamp the security clearance process.

NBIB hopes to reduce background investigation processing time from about 120 days to 40 by automating information gathering and improving information sharing on criminal records.

Job applicants should try to ensure the clearance process goes smoothly. Know the eligibility guidelines, and try not to let your clearance expire.