"In response to significant, continuing security clearance timeliness concerns, Congress called for improvements and established specific timeliness goals as part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). Since the enactment of IRTPA, average timeliness for 90 percent of all clearance determinations reported has been substantially improved, from 265 days (in 2005) to 82 days (4th Quarter, Fiscal Year (FY) 2008). These performance gains have been realized primarily as a result of increased investigative and adjudicative capacity, and increased accountability for performance. To further improve timeliness and achieve the IRTPA goal of 60 days or better, a transformed process for making hiring and clearing determinations has been designed, as first described in the Initial Report on Security and Suitability Process Reform, dated April 30, 2008. This process will leverage modern tools and technologies, yet still yield the quality of information needed to make these determinations. [...] With sustained leadership attention and commitment, these reforms will be substantially operational across the Federal Government by the end of Calendar Year (CY) 2010, with plans to begin phased implementation in 2009. These plans, in conjunction with improvements made to date, provide the confidence to project that we will meet the December 2009 goal of making initial hiring and clearing determinations in an average 60 days or less."
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