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Government cuts security clearances by 12 percent

New data reflects the Obama administration's efforts to pare back their lists of cleared employees and contractors to those who need access to classified data in order to do their jobs and to buckle down on insider-threat programs.

Tags: insider threat , ODNI , OPM , DoD , Evan Lesser , contractors , Charlie Sowell , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 07:36pm EDT

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Two pieces of legislation to repair the security clearance process are now one piece. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and several of his colleagues are combining the Security Clearance Accountability Reform and Enhancement Act and the Preventing Conflicts of Interest Act. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one bill will solve both problems.

Tags: Sen. Jon Tester , In Depth , Senate

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
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New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Veterans Affairs , OPM

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

Influx of employees is part of HUD's ongoing culture change

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired 1,000 new employees in 2014. The new workers are helping the agency reverse a downward trend around morale.

Tags: workforce , Jason Miller , HUD , Michael Anderson , Towanda Brooks , Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work , morale , training ,

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 03:47am EST
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Social media could become part of security clearance process

For the past six months, the Director of National Intelligence has been trying to determine whether the government should do Google searches on people who hold security clearances.

Tags: Bill Evanina , DNI , social media , Emily Kopp

Monday - 10/27/2014, 12:14pm EDT
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OPM plans to terminate contracts with USIS

An Office of Personnel Management official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS' background investigations and support contracts.

Tags: Office of Personnel Management , USIS , contracting

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 07:05am EDT

Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

Tags: OPM , Senate , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Tom Coburn , Shefali Kapadia , Oversight

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:00pm EDT

DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Tags: DoD , IRS , OPM , GAO , ODNI , management , Technology , Tom Coburn , Evan Lesser , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

OMB expands requirements under some cross-agency management goals

The Office of Management and Budget will collect spending and budget information from agencies to ramp up personnel security. This management priority accompanied other requests in a memo released Friday, which also included agency's benchmarking and providing customer service data.

Tags: Office of Management and Budget , SAVE award , strategic sourcing , management , Brian Deese , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:03am EDT

Pamela Walker, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

Last week, President Obama signed the annual authorization bill for the U.S. Intelligence Community, making several changes to the way federal agencies and contractors deal with classified information and IT systems. Several of the provisions appear to be a reaction to the security clearance issues raised by the Edward Snowden case and by the Navy Yard shooting. Pamela Walker is senior director for homeland security at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. She's been analyzing the final bill, and joined In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu to talk about some of the provisions.

Tags: Pamela Walker , ITAPS , Intelligence Community

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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