Nat’l security risk: FBI employees who fail polygraph tests still have access to classified information

Nat’l security risk: FBI employees who fail polygraph tests still have access to classified information

[Ed. – The outrages continue to mount.]

… [B]ecause of the lengthy period of time between an FBI applicant or employee failing a polygraph and action by the Bureau to follow up, a number of individuals still had access to classified information and sensitive national security secrets after failing the test.

From the report (bolding is mine):

We found that the FBI’s process for investigating  and adjudicating unresolved polygraph results varied greatly across the cases we examined.  We determined that the time between initiating an investigation and making a security clearance decision was often lengthy, taking an average of nearly 1 year (357 days).  We analyzed the timeliness of 53 of the 78 employee cases in our sample and found that the 53 investigations took between 9 to 940 days to complete and that the corresponding adjudicative decision process took between 1 and 613 days. Because FBI employees generally continued to retain access to sensitive information, systems, and spaces while an investigation and adjudication were pending, the length of time to complete the process can expose the FBI to security risks. 

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