Supply and Demand

A Historical Review of Cleared Candidates Versus Security Cleared Jobs

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THERE ARE FEWER CLEARED CANDIDATES IN CIRCULATION.

Never has there been so few cleared professionals.

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Total population is down 31% since 2013 and estimates for 2018 suggest additional declines.

 

 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS ARE TAKING TOO LONG

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What Recruiters Are Saying

Comments on how the slowing security clearance process is affecting hiring.

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    “Now, every contractor is at war, stealing each other’s employees, and this is going to negatively impact our government customer.”
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    “We no longer place people on an Interim Clearance. We only look for candidates with an active Secret or higher.”
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    “We are having to pay our consultants bonuses to keep them interested in the role.”
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    “Something has to be changed in order to prevent an enormous train wreck within the government.”
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    “We have had to switch to contingent offers in order to allow for the lengthy read on time.”
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    “It is harder to keep candidates interested while winding through the process."
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    “This is just one more thing that makes it harder in the already extremely competitive market for fully-cleared professionals.”

Want to learn more about the security cleared recruiting environment?

 

Learn More


The New Barren Security Cleared Marketplace

Join Evan Lesser, founder of ClearanceJobs, for a brief history lesson about how the marketplace got so competitive, and (more importantly) what you as a recruiter need to do to compete in this tight marketplace.


Three years ago, between the fiscal cliff and sequestration, recruiters couldn’t get budget or approval to hire anyone. Now, the funding is here to hire – but where are the candidates?

How’d we get here? And more importantly – what can you do about it?

For more insights, read the transcript from a recent interview on 2017 hiring trends with ClearanceJobs President, Evan Lesser.


References:

Security Clearance FAQs - Questions and answers related to US Government security clearances, including those administered under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), and compiled by ClearanceJobs.com.

National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) Updates includes data on the timeliness performance for submission, investigation and adjudication processing times for DoD Industry, DoE and NRC.

NBIB Report on Backlog of Personnel Security Clearance Investigations - September 2018

Timeliness Performance Metrics for Submission, Investigation & Adjudication Time - March 2018

Timeliness Performance Metrics for Submission, Investigation & Adjudication Time - May 2017

 

Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations report issued by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The report includes data on the number of cleared employees and contractors, as well as current security clearance processing times.

2017 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2016 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2014 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2013 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2012 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2011 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

2010 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

 

Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform progress update issued by The Performance Accountability Council’s Program Management Office. The report tracks progress on mitigating the inherent risks and vulnerabilities posed by personnel with trusted access to government information, facilities, systems, and other personnel.

FY18 Q3 Security Clearance, Suitability, and Credentialing Reform

FY18 Q2 Security Clearance, Suitability, and Credentialing Reform

FY18 Q1 Security Clearance, Suitability, and Credentialing Reform

FY16 Q4 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY16 Q3 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY16 Q2 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY16 Q1 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY15 Q4 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY15 Q3 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY15 Q2 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY15 Q1 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY14 Q4 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

FY14 Q3 Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform

 

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) issues an annual report to the President on the status of the security classification programs in both Government and industry.

2017 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2016 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2015 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2014 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2013 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2012 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2011 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update

2010 Information Security Oversight Office Security Classification Update