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White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tags: OPM , oversight , management , DoD , security clearances , Navy Yard shooting , Beth Cobert , Katherine Archuleta

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

Pentagon reviews find Navy Yard shootings were preventable

Newly-released results of three parallel investigations into last September's Washington Navy Yard shootings point to serious gaps in the government's own security process. But the Navy's review finds the killings could have been prevented if the shooter's employer had disclosed troubling details about his recent behavior.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Navy Yard shooting , security clearances , The Experts , Chuck Hagel , HP Enterprise Services , Paul Stockton , John Richardson , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Background check firm in hot water for 'flushing' records

The Justice Department has accused the company that performed background investigations of both National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis of defrauding the government, making false statements and breach of contract. DoJ's civil complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alabama alleges the company, which is the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, submitted at least 665,000 background investigations to the Office of Personnel Management that hadn't been properly reviewed.

Tags: DoJ , OPM , background investigations , USIS , Edward Snowden ,

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 01:29pm EST

Navy plans new entry at Washington Navy Yard building

The Navy Yard building in Washington where a gunman killed 12 people will get a new visitor's entrance and a renovated interior, including a "remembrance area" for the victims, a military spokeswoman said Monday.

Tags: Washington Navy Yard , Navy , Rebecca Rebarich

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:32pm EST

Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files lawsuit

The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is the first to file a lawsuit against the government and defense contractors, alleging that officials ignored red flags about the killer's deteriorating mental health.

Tags: Navy Yard shooting , Mary DeLorenzo Knight , Navy ,

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 06:50pm EST

Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , House , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Greg Marshall , security , Michael OConnell , House Homeland Security Committee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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DOJ joins whistleblower suit against company that vetted Snowden, Alexis

The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations. Filed under the False Claims Act, the suit alleges that USIS, which currently has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Office of Personnel Management, failed to properly review its casework before providing it OPM.

Tags: OPM , DoJ , USIS , whistleblower lawsuit , False Claims Act , Elaine Kaplan , Edward Snowden , background investigations , oversight , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:21pm EDT
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