The Security Clearance Process Might Need a Revamp

As the security clearance process comes under the microscope during President-elect Donald Trump’s transition, some experts and former intelligence community members say the system for determining whether people are eligible for access to classified information needs a revamp.

Given the challenges of over-classification, insider threats, and today’s security environment, the clearance process may require significant changes, observers told The Cipher Brief. And beyond the speculation surrounding Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a real estate developer, possibly receiving a security clearance, the incoming administration faces other significant hurdles.

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