This bill — known as the CLEARANCES Act — would require the White House to report regularly on the status of security clearance holders working in the Executive Office of the President in an effort to promote accountability and oversight of who has access to classified information. It would cover the president’s staff, and anyone who is detailed from a government agency, university, think tank, or the private sector to work at the White House or the Office. The first report would be due within three months of this bill’s enactment and subsequent reports due every three months thereafter.
The report would include:
The name and position of any individual working in the White House or the Office who holds a security clearance, and for detainees the entity or agency they were detailed from.
Whether the clearance is temporary or permanent and the level of the clearance, along with the date the background check investigation began and any interim reports or notifications from the investigation.
The name and position of any covered individual who was granted a security clearance despite an unfavorable recommendation from the White House Security Office and when that decision occurred.
The name and position of any individual who wasn’t contained in any above list whom the president has provided access to classified information, the date the information was provided, and the level of classification of the information.
The name and position of any covered individual whose security clearance has been revoked or suspended and when that occurred, or who held an interim security clearance for more than one year and an explanation from the White House Counsel as to why it is in the national security interest of the U.S. to keep them in the position without a permanent clearance.
Under current law, the president can keep employees on staff with an interim security clearance indefinitely without notifying Congress.
The bill's full title is the Commonsense Legislation Ensuring Accountability by Reporting Access of Non-Cleared Employees to Secrets Act.