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Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Senate , Susan Collins , OPM , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Heidi Heitkamp , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

Navy officials push for security clearance changes

The Navy, in a report released Monday, revealed that the shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not disclose a 2004 arrest or some financial problems when he filled out his application for a security clearance when he joined the Navy as a reservist several years later. And officials said the background report given to the Navy at the time, also failed to reveal that he had shot out the tires of another person's car during a 2004 dispute in Seattle.

Tags: Navy , OPM , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 04:10am EDT

Four years after Ft. Hood, Pentagon still studying base security

DoD still is working to implement dozens of recommendations that followed the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. The Pentagon wants to create a system that notifies security managers about potential problems with clearance holders ahead of time.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Navy Yard , Aaron Alexis , Jonathan Greenert , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , management , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 05:52am EDT
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In Depth interviews - August 17

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , STEM , social media , GSA , retirement , retirement backlog , OPM , Evan Lesser , Tim McManus , Bev Godwin , Tammy Flanagan

Friday - 08/17/2012, 02:47pm EDT

New polygraph question to deter intel leaks

New security measures, including a new polygraph question, will help avoid leaks from intelligence employees, announced James Clapper, director of National Intelligence. Lawyer John Mahoney analyzes the legal responsibilities between agencies and federal employees.

Tags: intelligence , James Clapper , Esther Carey , polygraph , national security , Federal Drive , leaks , management , oversight , John McCain

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 03:21pm EDT
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Agency officials tout progress on security clearances

Agency officials from the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management, along with a handful of other agencies, cited significant improvements in both timeliness and accuracy in the security-clearance program at a Senate subcommittee. The agencies agreed, however, much work remained to maintain that progress and to take on new challenges, such as reciprocity and reinvestigation.

Tags: OPM , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Daniel Akaka , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Elizabeth McGrath , Danny Werfel , Charles Sowell , GAO , Gene Dodaro , Merton Miller

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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1988 Supreme Court case prevents security clearance challenges

A National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency budget analyst claims his security clearance was taken away because his Islamic wife was employed by an Islamic faith-based organization. So he sued NGA for ethnic discrimination.

Tags: Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , NGA , national security , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 07:09am EST
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