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November 02, 2015

Security Clearance Legislation Passes House

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the House of Representative passed the Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act (H.R. 3505) sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security. H.R. 3505 makes specific reforms in how the Department of Homeland Security manages its security clearance processes. Specifically, it addresses how DHS identifies positions that warrant clearances, how it investigates candidates for clearances, and how it administers its adjudications, denials, suspensions, revocations, and appeals processes. 

Congressman Thompson released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3505: 

“This bipartisan legislation passed today seeks to improve how DHS manages its clearance process at all stages—from decisions on whether to designate positions as requiring clearances to ensuring uniformity in how clearances are adjudicated, suspended, denied and revoked. My bill will make DHS a leader among Federal agencies with respect to security clearance and position designations practices. I thank my colleagues for supporting it and urge the Senate to pass similar legislation.”

H.R. 3505 includes portions of H.R. 5240, the CORRECT Act, comprehensive legislation introduced last Congress to address information-sharing and government transparency, reduce overclassification, and improve background investigations for security clearance holders.

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