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Charles Phalen: DoD Likely to Absorb OPM’s National Background Investigations Bureau

Charles Phalen

Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, has said the Defense Department is more likely to integrate NBIB into its operations than splitting the workload of the bureau that operates under the Office of Personnel Management, FCW reported Tuesday.

“The truth is that split would’ve been debilitating, distracting and frankly pretty counterproductive,” Phalen said Tuesday at a Nextgov-hosted event on insider threats.

“I think in the long run, this is a much better solution and will keep us able, as an intact organization, to focus on the most important stuff that we’re doing as the initial trust determinations that are made by individuals working for and in the government and the ability to keep track of those individuals,” he added.

Phalen noted that DoD and NBIB have initiated efforts to improve the bureau’s information technology system to support government vetting and investigation processes.

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