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National Security Space: Actions Needed to Better Use Commercial Satellite Imagery and Analytics

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, should ensure that NGA and NRO develop specific performance goals and measures that would support progress toward the goal of maximizing the use of commercial satellite imagery. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, should ensure that NGA, in coordination with IC and DOD stakeholders, develops guidance to establish specific roles and responsibilities for commercial analytic services that use remote sensing data. The guidance should note the components responsible for addressing resourcing visibility and for identifying performance goals and measures related to commercial analytic services that use remote sensing data. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Personnel Vetting: Actions Needed to Implement Reforms, Address Challenges, and Improve Planning

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, should ensure that the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center develops performance measures for assessing the quality of all phases of the personnel security clearance process that align with the key attributes of successful performance measures. (Recommendation 1)
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ODNI did not state whether it concurred with this recommendation. As of October 2021, ODNI included several comments in its response to our draft report regarding our finding that it has not assessed the quality of all phases of the clearance process and that the investigation measure it developed is not reliable. Specifically, ODNI acknowledged that quality measures for the initiation and adjudication phases of the clearance process were needed. ODNI also stated that, although it explored using a performance measure for the quality of investigations it had previously developed, it ultimately

Intelligence Community: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Workforce Diversity Planning and Oversight

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7 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should issue new or update existing guidance to require all IC elements to maintain current and complete diversity strategic plans that contain specific objectives, timeframes, and responsibilities. (Recommendation 1)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its response, ODNI noted that specific, time-bound initiatives are not publicly available but are instead internal working documents. ODNI stated that specific and time-bound initiatives have been developed but internal working documents and are not publicly available. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of any efforts taken in response to this recommendation, to include providing information on the specific, time

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should ensure that IC elements are making progress toward maintaining current and complete diversity strategic plans. (Recommendation 2)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of efforts taken in response to ensuring that IC elements are making progress toward maintaining current and complete diversity strategic plans. We await a response from ODNI and documentation of any actions taken to address this recommendation. Once provided, we will review available documentation to assess the extent to which they meet the intent of our recommendation.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should issue new or update existing guidance to ensure that IC elements develop performance measures to assess the contribution of activities toward achieving diversity goals and overall progress. (Recommendation 3)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of efforts taken in response to ensuring that IC elements are developing performance measures to assess the contribution of activities toward achieving diversity goals. We await a response from ODNI and documentation of any actions taken to address this recommendation. Once provided, we will review available documentation to assess the extent to which they meet the intent of our

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should ensure that IC elements are making progress toward developing measures to assess progress toward achieving diversity management efforts. (Recommendation 4)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of efforts taken in response to ensuring that IC elements are making progress toward developing measures to assess progress toward achieving diversity management efforts. We await a response from ODNI and documentation of any actions taken to address this recommendation. Once provided, we will review available documentation to assess the extent to which they meet the intent of our

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should issue new or update existing guidance to ensure that each IC element routinely identifies and takes steps toward eliminating barriers to workforce diversity. (Recommendation 5)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of efforts taken in response to ensuring that IC elements routinely identify and take steps toward eliminating barriers to workforce diversity. We await a response from ODNI and documentation of any actions taken to address this recommendation. Once provided, we will review available documentation to assess the extent to which they meet the intent of our recommendation.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should ensure that IC elements are routinely completing required assessments to identify and eliminate barriers. (Recommendation 6)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. However, as of September 2022 ODNI had not provided an update on the status of efforts taken in response to ensuring that IC elements are routinely completing required assessments to identify and eliminate barriers. We await a response from ODNI and documentation of any actions taken to address this recommendation. Once provided, we will review available documentation to assess the extent to which they meet the intent of our recommendation.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the department secretary or head of the IC element, as appropriate, and consistent with the Director of National Intelligence's authority, should establish specific implementation objectives and timeframes for the IC elements that support IC-wide diversity goals to ensure IC elements are held accountable for making progress. (Recommendation 7)
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In its December 2020 response to our report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its response, ODNI noted that Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 110 charges the Chief of ODNI Intelligence Community (IC) Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) with leading IC-EEOD programs. As outlined in ICD 110, the Chief of IC EEOD, on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence, is to coordinate IC human capital programs and initiatives to promote compliance with equal employment opportunity authorities and consistency with IC

Intelligence Community: Actions Needed to Improve Planning and Oversight of the Centers for Academic Excellence Program

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7 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should establish and document results-oriented goals that include specific targets or milestones for the IC CAE program. (Recommendation 1)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that in preparation for the transition of the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program from the Defense Intelligence Agency to ODNI, the ODNI commissioned an independent study to assess program performance and barriers to success. ODNI noted that this study, in conjunction with the GAO report, would inform the development of a program strategy and sound business practices that would prescribe goals and measurable objectives. These

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should establish and document strategies to achieve the results-oriented goals that are established for the IC CAE program. (Recommendation 2)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that in preparation for the transition of the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program from the Defense Intelligence Agency to ODNI, the ODNI commissioned an independent study to assess program performance and barriers to success. ODNI noted that this study, in conjunction with the GAO report, would inform the development of a program strategy and sound business practices that would prescribe goals and measurable objectives. These

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should develop and document a process to identify and continuously evaluate external factors that could affect the program's ability to achieve identified goals. This should include, but not be limited to, a consideration of program branding and post-grant sustainment. (Recommendation 3)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that in preparation for the transition of the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program from the Defense Intelligence Agency to ODNI, the ODNI commissioned an independent study to assess program performance and barriers to success. ODNI noted that this study, in conjunction with the GAO report, would inform the development of a program strategy and sound business practices that would prescribe goals and measurable objectives. These

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should define and document comprehensive performance measures for the IC CAE program, collect and evaluate the completeness and reliability of information it receives from grant recipients and IC elements, and report this information on a regular basis. (Recommendation 4)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that it held virtual listening session in early fiscal year 2020 with Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program managers and principal investigators to inform the development of meaningful performance measures and reporting criteria. ODNI noted that the criteria was collected using standardized, repeatable processes to ensure both accuracy and completeness during site visits and performance reviews for active grant recipients. ODNI

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should establish a requirement for and develop a plan to periodically evaluate the IC CAE program's performance through objective measurement and systematic analysis. (Recommendation 5)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that it held virtual listening session in early fiscal year 2020 with Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program managers and principal investigators to inform the development of meaningful performance measures and reporting criteria. ODNI noted that the criteria was collected using standardized, repeatable processes to ensure both accuracy and completeness during site visits and performance reviews for active grant recipients. ODNI

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should develop a process for assessing why some IC elements are not participating in the IC CAE program and address these reasons in order to ensure the program is structured to meet the needs of IC elements. (Recommendation 6)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that was in the process of developing an engagement strategy for the reintegration of Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) legacy schools to ensure prior investments are capitalized on and to maximize outreach efforts. ODNI also noted that it was routinely leveraging multiple interagency IC-wide working groups to engage with IC elements and stakeholders to increase its understanding of barriers to engaging with IC CAE, as well as to

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should clearly define IC elements' roles and responsibilities for participation in the IC CAE program to better facilitate interagency collaboration in support of the program. (Recommendation 7)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concurred with this recommendation. In its August 2020 response, ODNI noted that it was leveraging multiple interagency forums in an effort to improve IC element participation in the IC CAE program. ODNI also noted that it would encourage the standardization and use of common practices by leveraging IC CAE schools for recruitment and hiring within diverse communities. Together, ODNI noted that it would use input from these efforts to shape a collaborative way ahead for increased and improved IC engagement based on community roles and

Personnel Security Clearances: Additional Actions Needed to Ensure Quality, Address Timeliness, and Reduce Investigation Backlog

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in his capacity as Security Executive Agent, and in coordination with the other Security, Suitability, and Credentialing Performance Accountability Council Principals--the Deputy Director for Management of OMB in his capacity as Chair of the PAC, the Director of OPM, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence--should conduct an evidence-based review of the investigation and adjudication timeliness objectives for completing the fastest 90 percent of initial secret and initial top secret security clearances.(Recommendation 2)
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ODNI stated that it did not concur with many of the report's recommendations but did not state with which recommendations it did not concur. In 2018, the Performance Accountability Council (PAC) Program Management Office began a review of the timeliness objectives, according to ODNI and PAC Program Management Office officials. ODNI officials stated in August 2019 that Trusted Workforce 2.0 is developing timeliness objectives that are achievable and based on empirical evidence. ODNI officials told us that when the PAC agrees on the specific steps that will be included in the revised personnel

Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence, in his capacity as Security Executive Agent, and in coordination with the other Security, Suitability, and Credentialing Performance Accountability Council Principals--the Deputy Director for Management of OMB in his capacity as Chair of the PAC, the Director of OPM, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence--should develop a government-wide plan, including goals and interim milestones, to meet those timeliness objectives for initial personnel security clearance investigations and adjudications. (Recommendation 3)
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ODNI stated that it did not concur with the report's recommendations but did not state with which recommendations it did not concur. As of May 2021, ODNI officials told us that they intend to revise timeliness objectives based on an analysis that the PAC Program Management Office is conducting. Officials told us that these revised objectives will be included in Trusted Workforce 2.0 guidance. Officials also told us that the government-wide plan to meet the revised objectives is the reformed personnel security clearance process in Trusted Workforce 2.0. As of September 2022, ODNI officials told

Personnel Security Clearances: Plans Needed to Fully Implement and Oversee Continuous Evaluation of Clearance Holders

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Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Director of National Intelligence The Director of National Intelligence should develop performance measures for continuous evaluation that agencies must track and determine a process and schedule for agencies to regularly report those measures to ODNI. At minimum, these performance measures should be clear, quantifiable, objective, and linked to measurable goals. (Recommendation 4)
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ODNI generally concurred with this recommendation. Starting in 2018, ODNI developed and began collecting continuous evaluation metrics from some agencies. While metrics can help to establish a baseline and inform aspects of a program's status, performance measures are linked to a goal and inform how well agencies are doing against that goal. As of October 2022, ODNI has not developed performance measures for continuous evaluation that agencies that are linked to a goal and inform how well agencies are doing against that goal. To fully implement this recommendation, ODNI needs to develop a set

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