Security Clearances: How Long Do They Take?

There’s been a lot of improvement in case processing time over the past few years. Most of the improvement is directly related to the reduction in the backlog of cases. OPM currently has a combined federal and contractor investigative staff of about 8,500 personnel—about 6,500 of whom are field investigators.

Ten years ago OPM and Defense Security Service together had half that many investigators. The following chart shows the average processing time for the fastest 90% of initial security clearances by agency for the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year 2010…read more.

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