Backlog of background checks slows hiring at Electric Boat in Groton

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) —  Electric Boat in Groton is looking to hire workers but has been unable to due so because of an issue with the feds.

According to The Day, about 165 people have gotten conditional offers. None of them have started work because of a backlog in federal background check investigations.

“This logjam is ridiculous,” said Ken DelaCruz, president of the Metal Trade Council, who receives calls from people who’ve received employment offers, wondering about the status of their background check.

“You can understand a couple of weeks, but it’s gotten to point where it’s ridiculous,” he told The Day.

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, those who would be obtaining a secret security clearance for the first time take 123 days on average.