E-Clearance Web site clears its last hurdle

Norm Enger

The Office of Personnel Management this month completed the final module of its E-Clearance project, automating the SF-86 standard security clearance form. E-Clearance is one of the first Quicksilver initiatives to meet all its original goals.

Norm Enger, OPM's e-government project director, said agencies must sign a memorandum of understanding with OPM to use the system, and then employees must obtain passwords from their human resources managers to fill security clearance forms online.

E-Clearance resides on an OPM server. Agencies and employees can access it from a Web browser.

Once a form is completed, it goes to the requesting agency electronically and is passed on to the investigating agent.

By putting the SF-86 online, OPM has completed the project's three original goals.

Enger said OPM estimates the program will save the government $258 million over the next 10 years.

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