It is common knowledge that government agencies have historically been ineffective at efficiently on-boarding, off-boarding and processing security clearance for employees and contractors. The overall process is mostly manual, paper-based, takes far too long, and when security clearances are involved, the delay can be a major hindrance to achieving project goals.
Fortunately, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), part of the U.S. Treasury Department, is leading the "effectiveness revolution" in government by automating this process with the Appian BPM Suite, as well as Appian consulting services, to create OCC's Personnel Administration and Security System (PASS). This new enterprise system streamlines on-boarding, off-boarding and security processing for all OCC employees and contractors.
To-date, OCC has used a number of disconnected systems ñ Microsoft (MS) Excel, MS Access, and Lotus Notes databases ñ to manage security actions. Clearly, this move towards using BPM will not only better automate hiring and security processing for the OCC, it will also allow the agency better achieve its mission.
Be sure to check out the official press release here. This announcement is just one more reminder that the government is addressing this age-old challenge head on in full force.
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