The report was supposed to include the number of revocations of clearances as well, but the databases weren’t programmed with a data field to sort that information. The two agencies that did provide numbers, the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, reported three percent and seven percent of applicants, respectively, were denied clearances.
The report notes, however, that from FY 2009 to 2010, approximately 597,755 security clearances were terminated for a variety of reasons including retirement, change of job, death, or clearance expiration or revocation, so the actual number of new clearances only increased by 45,076.
Experts have also noted that increased information sharing increases the number of clearances as well. TSA workers were required to go through a renewed screening process to allow them to receive national security information, for example.
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