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OPM's security clearance reformer retires

Kathy Dillaman, the Office of Personnel Management official in charge of improving the security clearance process, retired Monday after 35 years of government service, Federal Times reported.  However, she will serve as a senior policy advisor to OPM Director John Berry for the next year or two on issues such as security clearance reform and implementing a new financial management system, according to an e-mail she wrote announcing her departure.

Dillaman, OPM’s associate director of Federal Investigative Services, will be replaced by Merton Miller, her deputy associate director for external affairs.

Last December, she told lawmakers that OPM’s advanced use of IT, including modernizing its suite of automated tools, had helped reduce the time it takes to complete federal personnel security clearances.

In fiscal 2010, the OPM completed more than 620,000 initial security clearance investigations, and 90 percent of those clearances were completed in an average of 39 days, compared with 115 days in fiscal 2007, Dillaman said.

Posted by Alyah Khan on Feb 01, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Reader Comments

Fri, Feb 25, 2011

I have been in Personnnel Security for 6 years and the improvements I have seen are wonderful. An investigation would take up to a year now the majority are completed in 6 months or less. The person that posted about OMB I don't understand what they are talking about. At our agency OMB is not involved in the clearance process, it is the agency and OPM, that is it.

Wed, Feb 23, 2011 DR Coppinger McCordsville, Indiana

This is a sore subject. My past BI took almost a year. They dug into me as deep as they could. The dedicated almost 30 yrs of loyal service meant nothing to the interviewer. It was some "punk" kid just learing how to interview and senior citizen. Since being with the Federal Goverment for over 40 yrs now, it's the old saying, "If it's not broke,don't fix it". If they hassle me again on my BI, I'm writing everyone I can, to include the news and TV stations. Who would take money from your employer?

Wed, Feb 9, 2011

I believe they have reduced the time it takes for an investigation and that is GOOD. Unfortunately, before it gets to OMB is where the problems are, the Departments/Agencies often check the wrong box, if they don't know the level they check a higher level and the OMB has a more time consuming and costly process. The Agencies don't really care they just check a box. This whole security thing is becoming nuts, OFTEN the contractors that are ALL being checked these days are DONE the work and gone before the BI is completed many issued temp badges do work and gone. What a waste that the Agency checked the box for full investigation for a jr level 20 year old that really didn't even need a BI, then by the time the investigation completes the person has finished their work and moved on. Beyond that have a security person for every two workers is just a bit much. he systems are getting faster the processes somewhat better, the need ... well there is allot of paranoia about. Besides in this post greenspan day and age where a person has a great job for 8 months and then no job for two years them moves then great job for another 8 months then no job then moves again .... for those folks that now number in the hundreds of MILLIONS ... the security stuff is truely a nightmare. It is also frustrating for a 60 year old person that has worked themselves to poverty for 40 years then lands a contract (which never lasts too long) contractors are not lifers and usually change jobs every year and move every 2 or 3 years .... for these 60 year olds to have some 20 year person whose father was in the FBI or something like that grill them on their background ... well I have heard these folks say it stinks. So the process for fed employees is maybe what it should be but for contractors its difficult and somewhat frustrating but hey these 60 year old need a job for a time before long-term unemployment so they should just grab ankle. After all they don't have retirement to thionk about anyway.

Tue, Feb 1, 2011

Kathy Dillaman hurt national security. OPM has hired a bunch of fact checkers to conduct national security investigations. Her cadre of contractors is a disgrace. Just ask a contractor how to make a counterintelligence referral on one of their cases. Can you say "deer in the headlights"

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