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FCW : October 2014
24 October 2014 FCW.COM BY ADAM MAZMANIAN After last year’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by a gov- ernment contractor, the White House demanded a closer look at the process for evaluating and re-evaluat- ing federal employees with security clearances. However, despite plans to improve the process and identify insider threats faster, the government is facing a backlog of required rechecks of federal employees, military personnel and con- tractors with active security clearances. According to the interagency report ordered in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting, as of March, the backlog affect- ed about 22 percent of cleared person- nel — or more than 1.1 million people. In a related move, the Office of Per- sonnel Management recently cut loose the company that had been a key part- ner in handling clearance investigations for the government. OPM allowed a con- tract with U.S. Investigations Services to lapse after revelations that the company had dumped incomplete investigations to meet performance targets and earn bonuses. KeyPoint Government Solutions is picking up some of USIS’ work on behalf of OPM and is looking to hire more than 1,700 investigators and other personnel to meet the demand, accord- ing to a company spokesperson. That pool includes “some excellent candi- dates who were employed by USIS” and other experts, the spokesperson told FCW. “We expect there will be impacts to timeliness until there is capacity to manage workload,” said Lisa Loss, assistant director of external affairs at OPM’s Federal Investigative Services, at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in September. Shifting deadlines The government is also seeking a tech- nical solution to automate part of the reinvestigation process and detect potential insider threats from individu- als who have already made it through Not as easy as pushing a button By all accounts, the government is serious about reforming the reinvestigation process for feds and contractors with security clearances. So what’s taking so long? AUTOMATED SECURITY RECHECKS: Police cars line the gate into a closed Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 17, 2013 — the day after a contractor with a valid security clearance fatally shot 12 people inside the facility. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
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