The e-Clearance initiative leverages information technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the personnel security investigations process. OPM has reduced the time to process background investigations and minimized duplicate background investigations. The e-Clearance initiative will save the government and private industry time and resources, and it will save the taxpayers about $260 million over 10 years.
The e-Clearance Initiative is currently implementing three components to improve the current security clearance process.
The electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) automates the Questionnaire for National Security Positions, Standard Form 86 (SF-86). Since its deployment on June 30, 2003, e-QIP has reduced the time to schedule background investigations by automating the collection and improving the quality of applicant background information.
The Clearance Verification System (CVS) was deployed on January 31, 2003. CVS provides access for all agency authorized users to the personnel security investigation and clearance records of the government.
Imaging focuses on converting paper investigative records held by the myriad investigative agencies and making them available, among all authorized federal users, electronically. By doing so, e-Clearance reduces the need for performing duplicate work previously caused by delays in copying and sending paper copies.
DescriptionThe e-Clearance initiative is a project designed to speed the security clearance process, promote reciprocity among federal agencies, and save money. It consists of three modules, which will help to realize the goals set forth in the President's Management Agenda concerning a citizen-centered e-Government.