The number of federal security clearance levels has increased by almost 25 percent over the past three years, and the number of top-level officials receiving them has risen by nearly 40 percent.
Key points:More than 100,000 federal employees have a security clearanceLevels for federal employees are now “significantly higher than in past administrations”Under President Donald Trump, the security clearance level is the lowest it has been in decades, but some analysts say the Trump administration is increasing the numberThe US government has increased its number of high-level security clearance holders by more than 400,000 since the last election, according to data from the Government Accountability Office, which compiles data on security clearance decisions.
That means there are now nearly 400,400 federal employees with security clearances, up from just under 400,300 when Barack Obama took office in 2009.
The data shows that in 2015, about 8,300 federal employees had a security clearance, a level that had not been reached since President George W Bush was in office.
There are more than two dozen other US presidents with higher security clearance numbers than Trump.
The rise in security clearance applications comes amid concern that the Obama administration may have overstepped its bounds in its handling of cyber threats, and that the security and privacy implications of mass surveillance programs could increase under Trump.
Under President Trump, some analysts have said that the president’s administration is expanding the number and level of officials receiving federal security clearings.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees federal agencies, said the number increased by “significant” and the level of those who have security clearies “signally increases”.
“There are approximately 8,000 U.S. employees that have a federal security certification, which is a separate category of security clearance that allows for more detailed assessments of potential threats and vulnerabilities, the spokesperson said.”
We are currently evaluating the level and number of these individuals in our own systems to ensure we meet the needs of the most appropriate levels for each individual and do not unnecessarily impede our ability to conduct our national security mission.
“The spokesperson added that it was not possible to “provide a specific number of security certifications” as the department did not collect data on its own, but that “several thousand” were currently being considered.”
While the department is assessing this and is working with the relevant government agencies, we cannot provide a specific count of security certification holders, as we do not collect or compile such data,” the spokesperson added.
A spokesman for the Office of Personnel Management said that while the number was not publicly available, “the number of current and former federal employees who have a current or former federal security certificate has been significantly higher than the previous administrations”.”
Currently, approximately 9,400 people have a clearance for a security certification level, a number that is higher than it has ever been, and is more than twice as many as at the end of the last administration,” the spokesman said.
A spokeswoman for the Government Innovation Service, which provides services to the federal government, said that in 2016, it had issued 5,600 security clearees, but had since declined to provide the number.”
There are currently more than 200,000 people with security certiances in the US, according the US Department of Justice.”
The number of individuals approved for a new security clearance is based on a combination of their performance evaluations and prior experience, including any previous security clearance activity, as well as current and past work experience.”
There are currently more than 200,000 people with security certiances in the US, according the US Department of Justice.
The Department of Health and Human Services has more than 5,000, and agencies in other federal agencies have more than 2,000.
The US Department (US) Health and Social Services (HHS) is currently reviewing a new set of federal employees’ security clearups, but the agency is yet to determine whether it will proceed with the process, the spokeswoman said.
In 2017, there were 5,945,200 federal employees serving in the government.
A spokesperson from the US Treasury Department said that under President Donald Trumps administration, the US government “has increased the number” of federal workers receiving security clear, but declined to give a number.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said it was “unable to provide a precise number” because it did not have data on the number currently in the system.
The spokesperson said the department “is currently evaluating” the level, but did not say whether that number had increased.
In October 2017, the Department Of Homeland Security issued a statement saying it would no longer allow the issuance of a new federal security security clearance “unless the applicant demonstrates an intent to engage in a high-risk or high-reward behavior”.
The statement said it would also no longer be able to approve a new clearance for individuals who “demonstrate a demonstrated willingness to