NSA, NGA lead in clearance rejection

The National Security Agency rejected the largest number of initial applications for security clearances, while the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency led the Intelligence Community in revoking already-issued clearances, according to a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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However, the number of NGA revocations, 2.2 percent, was dwarfed by NSA's 9.2 percent rejection rate for new applicants. Only the National Reconnaissance Agency, at 1.6 percent, revoked more than 1 percent of existing clearances. NRO also came in second for new applicant rejections, at 7.4 percent. NGA placed third, with 3.9 percent.

In all, the number of current security clearances has fallen by 635,803 in the last year – about 12 percent. The overall drop is a combination of 164,501 people who had a security clearance and had access to clearance-level information and the 471,302 who had a clearance but not regular access to clearance-level information.

The report was part of a larger effort to reduce the overall number of clearances and to re-examine the process for awarding and administering them, according to ODNI.

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