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Out-of-Scope Investigation Should Not Prevent Access


On December 7, 2016, the Director for Defense Intelligence issued a memorandum that DoD components should not deny individuals with current eligibility in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System access to classified material based on an out-of-scope investigation, unless derogatory information calls into question the individual’s continued eligibility for access. The memorandum states that personnel security clearances do not expire, but that DoD components have been denying cleared contractor employees access to defense facilities and classified information because delays in processing background investigations have resulted in many periodic reinvestigations being overdue.

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