Semiannual Report: April 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013

OIG-14-1SP: Nov 13, 2013

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This is a publication by GAO's Inspector General that concerns internal GAO operations. The report summarizes the activities of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the second reporting period of fiscal year 2013.

While GAO has established a policy to review and validate security clearances, it does not provide detailed procedures for designating positions as sensitive (i.e., to require a security clearance). Our work showed that the Director, Office of Security (OS) grants and renews top secret security clearances solely based on security clearance requests from unit heads. OIG found that decisions by the Director, OS to grant or renew top secret clearances in fiscal year 2012 were, for the most part, made without justification to support employees' needs for access to top secret information. Without these controls, GAO has no reasonable assurance that only employees who need access to top secret information are granted top secret clearances.

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