The Obama administration has issued a new polygraph policy for tens of thousands of federal employees who take lie detectors for security clearances or to obtain “sensitive” jobs.
Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, said that section is “striking because it elevates leaking of classified information to the same level as espionage and sabotage.”
Aftergood, however, said it was difficult to predict what the “consolidation” by Clapper would mean.
“It could mean that there will be greater consistency and uniformity in polygraph testing across different agencies.,” he said. “I think that was the intent.”
“Anyway, the directive is certainly a sign that polygraph testing is not going away or diminishing in importance.”
Clapper’s office also found “inconsistencies” after its own review of federal programs but also found that “all programs were operating appropriately.”