[ISN] Rumsfeld urged to reverse DOD's clearance processing halt

From: InfoSec News (isn@private)
Date: Thu May 04 2006 - 22:27:11 PDT


By David Hubler
May 4, 2006 

The Professional Services Council and six other organizations want
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to immediately reverse the
Defense Security Services' decision to cease the processing of
industry applications for new clearances and for periodic reviews of
existing clearances.

In a letter to Rumsfeld, released Thursday, the seven organizations
call on him to "immediately restart the industry clearance granting
process and ensure it continues for the remainder of the current
fiscal year."

The DSS announced April 28 that it was halting the security clearance
process due to a funding shortage and the overwhelming number of
requests. The announcement caught many contractors and lawmakers on
Capitol Hill by surprise.

The other organizations that signed the letter are the Aerospace
Industries Association, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association, Contract Services Association, National Defense
Industrial Association, Information Technology Association of America,
and Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

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