“Delays in the security clearance process have kept between 10 and 20 percent of all intelligence contractors sitting idle while they await a clearance, according to a December 2011 study of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance,” he wrote. “This process can take months even for already-cleared workers who are being re-cleared just for moving to a new agency. Under current arrangements, these employees are paid large salaries during the waiting periods, but are not given meaningful work.”
Coburn cited a Federal Times estimate that “wasted” contractor man-hours account for $900 million to $1.8 billion a month.
Coburn also requested the agencies provide additional information to the committee about the extent and cost of each of the categories he had highlighted by the end of May.