• leslie mcadoo gordon

Cost of security clearances to government agencies to hold steady in 2020

The Pentagon's budget for 2020 holds prices for the government agencies who need security clearance services to the existing levels in 2019.

Previously the costs had risen from 2016 levels as OPM had retroactively charged agencies more in 2017 and 2018 due to the costs of standing up the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).

Of course, the NBIB is now being transitioned, along with the National Background Investigations Service (NBIS), which is at DISA, over to DSS , thereby creating a new agency - the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), which is scheduled to be fully functional on October 1, 2019.

The Pentagon is assuming cost savings from the consolidation of these agencies and due to the transition of some cleared personnel to "Continuous Evaluation" protocols.

I am not at all sure that cost savings will materialize, however, from the Continuous Evaluation shift, which may in fact generate more adverse information cases in the overall system. Time will tell.

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