Accession Number : ADA293150

Title :   Security Clearances: Consideration of Sexual Orientation in the Clearance Process.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA293150

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : Until about 1991, when agencies began to change their security policies and practices regarding sexual orientation, there were a number of documented cases where defense civilian or contractor employees' security clearances were denied or revoked because of their sexual orientation. However our review of various records at eight agencies and outreach to members of the homosexual community have not identified such cases since 1991. Since no overall database of such information exists, our work was based on judgmentally selected reviews of agencies' records and information solicited from parties involved in the process. We also recognize there is the possibility that some individuals who have experienced problems would be unwIlling to come forward and discuss their cases. Notwithstanding these limitations, our work disclosed no evidence that sexual orientation has been used as a criterion in the security clearance process for federal civilian and contractor employees since 1991. However, some individuals we spoke with believed they were asked inappropriate questions during the clearance process.

Descriptors :   *ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, DATA BASES, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, SECURITY, CONTRACTORS, PERSONNEL, SEX, CLEARANCES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE