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Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Jon Tester , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , Jack Moore

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

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 , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Jon Tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

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

OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Tags: management , workforce , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Justice Department , USIS , contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

A look back and a look ahead at the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com will discuss the state of the clearance job market and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013 (Encore presentation December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014)

Tags: contracting , workforce , federal hiring , ClearanceJobs.com , Evan Lesser , government shutdown , furloughs , layoffs , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 12/20/2013, 07:55pm EST
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The state of the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com, will discuss the impact of the government shutdown on contractors and employees with security clearances.
October 11, 2013

Tags: contracting , workforce , federal hiring , ClearanceJobs.com , Evan Lesser , government shutdown , budget cuts , furloughs , layoffs , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:51pm EDT
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Phased retirement, potential shutdown, and USPS

This week's guests on the Your Turn radio program include Bob Braunstein, an expert on the upcoming phased retirement option, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly with the latest on the possible shutdown.

Tags: shutdown , phased retirement , USPS , Your Turn , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 03:13pm EDT
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Quality not a priority in security clearance process, GAO says

Concerns over missed red flags in Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's background have thrust the federal government's security clearance program into the spotlight. But the problem is likely bigger than one company. The Office of Personnel Management and its contractors which accounts for 90 percent of the federal government's background investigations, has faced persistent challenges with security clearances over the years, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , OPM , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore , GAO

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 06:16pm EDT
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Tester aims to strengthen OPM's oversight of security clearance process

Legislators want to strengthen OPM's ability to oversee the security clearance process to thwart under-qualified candidates from obtaining and keeping security clearances.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Intelligence community , OPM , Jon Tester , industry , management , Federal Drive , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/22/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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