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Survey: Access to sensitive government info too relaxed

Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- More than half (55 percent) of professionals with U.S. government security clearances say the government is too relaxed in granting access to sensitive data.

And nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those who participated in a survey by ClearanceJobs.com say the government will now in-source more highly sensitive work as a result of the Edward Snowden affair in which Snowden, a contractor performing work for the National Security Agency, leaked information on NSA domestic surveillance and then fled abroad.

ClearanceJobs.com is an online career network and said it conducted the survey of nearly 300 professionals holding clearances July 15 to Aug. 2. Of the survey participants, 40 percent said they held Department of Defense Secret clearance.

The survey also indicated 44 percent of respondents said they did not believe the vetting process for clearances is flawed, with 26 percent saying it is and 30 percent undecided. Of those who believe the process is flawed, the main reasons cited included too heavy workloads for too few investigators and the government need for more rapid reviews resulting in lax reviews.

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