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Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Jon Tester , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST

House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , OPM , background investigations , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

OPM defends 2007 background check of Navy Yard shooter

The same company that performed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's background investigation also performed a check of Aaron Alexis, the IT contractor who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday. The Office of Personnel Management said it believes Alexis' background check was complete and that the Defense Department signed off on the results of the background check.

Tags: background investigation , Mert Miller , USIS , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Edward Snowden , Claire McCaskill , oversight , Navy , Jack Moore

Friday - 09/20/2013, 01:45pm EDT

Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Tags: Congress , Senate , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Jon Tester , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Tags: security clearances , GSA , Claire McCaskill , Senate , Congress , USIS , background investigations , Michelle Schmitz , management , oversight

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

IG: 'Serious problems' with OPM's $2B revolving fund must be addressed

The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general says he needs $6 million to address "serious problems" with the agency's $2 billion revolving fund. Patrick McFarland told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his current budget isn't nearly enough to root out waste, fraud and abuse across the revolving fund and other areas of OPM.

Tags: technology , management , OPM , Charles Grimes , Blake Farenthold , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Lacy Clay , HR services , HR line of business , Linda Brooks Rix , Avue Technologies , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 05:24am EDT
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Will sequestration, retirement wave derail OPM's backlog goal

The Office of Personnel Management has made steady progress chipping away at a longstanding backlog of retirement claims. But Oversight Committee lawmakers and other government watchdogs remain concerned that the absence of a long-term plan to overhaul the mostly paper-based process combined with across-the-board budget cuts and a lack of strong leadership within OPM could stall or derail the progress the agency has made.

Tags: OPM , OPM backlog , retirement , Ken Zawodny , sequestration , Joseph Beaudoin , NARFE , Valerie Melvin , GAO , improper payments , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:19pm EDT

Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Congress , Senate , John Berry , Mark Warner , Daniel Akaka , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Senate committee to vet OPM annuity processing strategy

The Office of Personnel Management's new strategy to catch up on its backlog of retirement claims will be vetted publicly during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management.

Tags: OPM , Senate , retirement , John Berry , Government Managers Coalition , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:06pm EST
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