(AP, 5/5/08)Twelve percent of the DEA’s intelligence analysts last year did not have the security clearances necessary or were otherwise unauthorized to do their jobs, a new Justice Department audit concludes. The audit says the Drug Enforcement Administration was slow to complete and share its intelligence reports with other government agencies, despite producing work that generally was praised as useful and effective. The audit by the Justice Department’s inspector general raised concerns about staffing levels at the newest member of the 16 spy agencies that make up the government’s intelligence community.
It found that 19 of 699 DEA intelligence analysts surveyed had only low-level security clearances needed to review intelligence, while another 62 had not been reauthorized to keep their top secret clearances, as required every five years. One additional analyst had no security clearance at all as of last September, the audit found. All DEA analysts are required to have top secret clearance in order to fully do their jobs.