Sen. Says Federal Security Clearance Backlog Finally Cleared

By Daniel Wilson (January 23, 2020, 9:45 PM EST) -- Federal security clearance investigations have finally hit a steady level after efforts to clear a long-running backlog, with investigators clearing out roughly 500,000 cases over the past two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said.

There are currently about 200,000 open security clearance investigations — the "steady target state" goal for investigators — after officials made significant improvements to address yearslong backlog problems that hit a peak of 725,000 open cases in early 2018, Burr said in a statement on Wednesday following a closed-door hearing on security clearance reforms.

"The delays disproportionately affect first or second generation Americans — folks who possess...

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