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Lockheed’s Doug Thomas: New Federal Agency to Oversee Security Clearance Process

operational-security1A Lockheed Martin official has said the White House is working to establish a new agency that would take responsibility for the federal security clearance system from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Nicole Ogrysko writes Doug Thomas, director for counterintelligence operations and corporate investigations at Lockheed, described the government’s plan to set up the future National Investigative Service Agency during a panel discussion held Dec. 7.

“It’s going to have a new director, it’s going to have a new focus,” said Thomas, who previously served as chair of the National Counterintelligence Operations Board.

Ogrysko reports the White House expects the Suitability and Security Performance Accountability Council to release the findings of its federal security clearance process assessment in the next few weeks.

The White House asked the council to carry out the 90-day review in July in response to data breaches at OPM, according to the report.

OPM became the lead oversight agency for the federal security clearance process in 2004, Ogrysko notes.

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