Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has said the Defense Department will also adopt NSCS’ continuous evaluation platform to perform periodic background investigations on employees at the executive branch in addition to its own CE system, Federal News Radio reported Friday.
The move comes as DoD prepares to assume control of the vetting process for 75 percent of security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management and the National Background Investigations Bureau.
NSCS that operates under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is set to field by fall 2018 a CE system designed to screen approximately 10 databases for potential threat signs among employees with security clearances.
“If an agency out there, say the Department of Education or Forest Service or Interior wants to run their individuals through our databases, they can,” Evanina told the station in an interview.
“We will provide that service and provide them back any hits that we have.”
Evanina noted that the Office of Management and Budget is currently assessing an NCSC-developed directive on best practices related to continuous evaluation.
He added that his office will initially screen employees with top-secret clearances and then vet holders of secret clearances using its CE system.