Your Bosses Could Have a File on You, and They May Misinterpret It

For decades, much of the federal government’s security-clearance-granting process has relied on techniques that emerged in the mid-twentieth century.

“It’s very manual,” said Evan Lesser, president of ClearanceJobs, a website posting, jobs, news and advice for positions that involve security clearances. “Driving around in cars to meet people. It’s very antiquated and takes up a lot of time.”

A federal initiative that started in 2018 called Trusted Workforce 2.0 formally introduced semi-automated analysis of federal employees that occurs in close to real time. This program will let the government use artificial intelligence to subject employees who are seeking or already have security clearances to “continuous vetting and evaluation” — basically, rolling evaluation…

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