New Center for Processing Security Clearance Opens at Fort Meade


All Department of Defense operations that process security clearance will soon be under one roof.

The new Defense/Military Department Adjudication Activities facility recently opened at Fort Meade, Maryland, consolidating 10 federal agencies that process security clearances for Department of Defense personnel and contractors into one building, the Fort Meade Soundoff, the fort's community newspaper, reported.

The $35.1 million project will allow employees from these 10 agencies to do their work more efficiently as they can work together and share information with offices doing similar work, explained Senator Benjamin Cardin at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 17.

Fort Meade's new facility is one of three structures going up on the grounds as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, according to the news source. The Defense Information Systems Agency opened in July and the Defense Media Activity will open in October. As a result, defense jobs, intelligence jobs and civilian opportunities will be brought to the state.

"It will mean for the state of Maryland about 60,000 jobs - not just military jobs," Cardin announced at the ceremony, the news source reports.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the new facility will house 760 personnel from the various agencies within the Department of Defense.