There’s nothing quite like a good Fall cleaning to raise spirits. Fortunately for contractors, staffing agencies, and all professionals awaiting clearance, that cleaning will see a majority of backlogged government clearance investigations of various levels wrapped up by January 2020. This is all possible thanks to a brand new government agency born just this month: the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).
The DCSA served as a consolidated agency tasked with the responsibility of conducting background investigations for the Department of Defense (DoD), and for the federal government at large. As a new entity formed out of the Defense Security Service, the DCSA has already managed a massive clearing of this backlog by reducing 725,000 pending investigations to just 302,000. This is great news for us at Marathon, as well as many of our contractors who have been waiting for their security clearance application to be processed.
Tremendous process improvement are also in the works under this new agency. Since the beginning of FY2020 on October 1st, 2019, staff at this brand new government agency has been smoothing out speed bumps and implementing new and improved processes across the board. Many obstacles are being streamlined, like the new security clearance application process and the including of continuous evaluations. Improvements in technology are also outright removing barriers by implementing hubbing and VTC technology for investigation interviews.
This is a huge overhaul to the process, much to the excitement of taxpayers who will be saving money, as well as entities like Marathon TS who will see a much wider and more diverse hiring landscape. Yet, many contractors who work as regular investigators are noticing that their contract work is beginning to dry up as the backlog reaches a steady state. Fortunately, as new standards arise, the consolidation of efforts will see an increase not just in the quality of the investigations, but of the investigators themselves as they adapt to new, stronger guidelines.
Overall, we’re excited to see a sharp incline in the quality, timeliness, and reliability of these investigations. We’re optimistic for the future we can all achieve together through creative, progressive thinking from both public and private entities, as tactics change and technology becomes more secure and inclusive.