Security Clearances

James Joyner explains how you get a government security clearance, and why the process is broken.

There really is a premium placed on potential employees who are already cleared. One of the reasons for the premium is the cost to the sponsoring company – $10,000 to $20,000 per clearance. Faced with a choice of hiring a new employee and then sponsoring them for a clearance (that they may not obtain) vs. poaching someone else’s cleared employee, it’s hardly surprising that Beltway Bandits raid each other…

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