Government can save millions by reforming Security Policy

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Government can save millions by reforming Security Policy

  1. 1. For Immediate ReleaseTuesday, December 13, 2011Contact: Karen Nussle, 202-449-8656, knussle@insaonline.org INSA: Government can save millions by reforming Security Policy New INSA white paper makes recommendations to improve efficiencies and save taxpayer moneyARLINGTON, VA – Given the current economic environment and demands to minimize governmentspending, improvements in government efficiency, particularly in the area of national security, arecritical. To address these needs, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) SecurityClearance Reform Task Force today released a white paper entitled “Next Steps for Security Reform:Industry Proposals to Enhance Efficiency and Reduce Costs in National Security Contracts.” Itaddresses the costly delays related to security clearances and recommends actions which could savehundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.When asked about the driving philosophy behind the development of the Task Force and paper, CharlieAllen, the Chair of the INSA Security Clearance Task Force and former Undersecretary of HomelandSecurity for Intelligence Analysis, commented, “The members all share the same belief that theseinefficiencies can be greatly reduced. By taking action now we can conserve our resources and ensureour capacity for critical national security activities in the future.”According to conservative estimates, 10 to 20 percent of contractors, paid for by the government, maynot be on the job because of delays caused by security clearance issues. This results in lost man-hoursand a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars; modest improvements could save hundreds of millions of dollarseach year. The Task Force reached a consensus on six critical overarching ways to promote efficiencyand improve security practices at reduced costs, while allowing government and industry to worktogether. They are:  Track contractor security costs, including high level clearances and secure facility usage, and for the timeliness of policy implementation and reinvestigations  Provide contracting officials with improved security guidelines  Implement flexible approaches for cleared contractors to access sensitive information in the short-term  Support industry security structures that permit the anticipation of government needs, and development of solutions and innovations  Promote a level playing field across industry for large and small companies  Apply security policies clearly and consistently across agencies and companiesThe Task Force’s specific recommendations stem from the six points outlined above with the goal ofhelping government to maximize national security programs and minimize costs to U.S. taxpayers. Therecommendations include:  Align contracting and security clearance processes to reduce costs for industry and government  Ensure clearance portability  Follow suitability and investigative standards 1INSA  901 N. Stuart St., Suite 205, Arlington, VA 22203  Phone (703)224-4672  www.insaonline.org
  2. 2.  Spin off a low-side version of Scattered Castles, the Intelligence Community’s (IC) database for all security and access information  Invest in personnel security automation that is reliable and cost efficient  Encourage conversations across programs and contracts, and temporary storage in secure facilities.Ellen McCarthy, President of INSA, commented, “We have worked over the past several years to ensurethat government continues to have a trusted contractor workforce that can accomplish more but costless. We hope to create a space that allows conversations across programs and contracts while aligningsecurity and contracting processes to ensure an effective and efficient national security clearanceprocess.”This white paper seeks to energize the dialogue on security policy and the reforms needed to achieve astreamlined, cost effective process that enables more efficient collaboration between the governmentand industry contractors. Over the coming months, the INSA Security Clearance Reform Task Forcemembers will work to forge a public-private partnership with the DNI, government agency leaders andinterested Congressional staff to discuss security reform issues. This group will discuss ideas andsolutions for reforming the security clearance process and work to develop concepts for collecting dataon contractor security related costs.The INSA security policy reform white paper, “Next Steps for Security Reform: Industry Proposals toEnhance Efficiency and Reduce Costs in National Security Contracts” is being released in conjunctionwith todays Government Executive event, “Next Steps for Security Reform.” This discussion will featureCharlie Allen and John Fitzpatrick, Director of the National Archives’ Information Security OversightOffice, who will address security clearance reform issues. Timothy Clark, Government Executive’s Editorat Large, will moderate. For more information on the white paper or the briefing, please visit on thewhite paper or the briefing, please visit www.insaonline.org. ###About INSAThe Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is the premier intelligence and national securityorganization that brings together the public, private and academic sectors to collaborate on the mostchallenging policy issues and solutions. As a non-profit, non-partisan, public-private organization, INSA’sultimate goal is to promote and recognize the highest standards within the national security andintelligence communities. INSA has over 150 corporate members and several hundred individualmembers who are leaders and senior executives throughout government, the private sector andacademia. To learn more about INSA visit www.insaonline.org.About the Security Clearance Reform Task ForceThe Security Clearance Reform Task Force was formed in 2010 by INSA Senior Intelligence AdvisorCharlie Allen in order to support the reform effort and improve efficiency in the clearance process. Thegroup meets with private sector partners, government workforce planners, security officers and othernotable experts to gain a complete picture of the security clearance process and offer concise,executable recommendations for meeting the goals laid out in 2004 IRTPA and, more importantly,sustaining them. 2INSA  901 N. Stuart St., Suite 205, Arlington, VA 22203  Phone (703)224-4672  www.insaonline.org

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