FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

17 Oct 14

UNITED STATES

The FBI has resumed processing clearance requests after a new computer system suspended operations last month. The FBI is currently processing requests received Aug. 5, 2014. However, the FBI has stressed that processing remains slow; therefore, applicants should expect the process to take longer than the normal four to six weeks.

A new IT system was installed Sept. 7, delaying pending requests submitted the previous month and putting all civilian fingerprint requests on hold. The disruption extended wait times to 12 weeks, but did not affect governmental requests or those submitted through FBI-approved channelers.

BAL Analysis: Applicants requesting FBI clearance should note that while processing has resumed, it is not yet back to normal and there is a backlog of certificates to be issued.

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