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Report: 2016 Funding Bill Includes Security Clearance Reform Provision

operational-security1A proposed fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill contains a provision that would require federal agencies to use government, commercial and publicly available information sources to re-evaluate security clearance holders, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Nicole Ogrysko writes the provision calls for the director of national intelligence to spearhead a governmentwide “enhanced personnel security program” and develop a risk-based strategy to eliminate the federal clearance reinvestigation backlog.

Agencies will be required to access financial and criminal records, watchlists, consumer reports, social media data or other public electronic information when they conduct periodic background reviews, Ogrysko reports.

The provision mandates that agencies review security clearance holders at least twice within a five-year period, the report said.

The White House ordered a three-month review of the federal background investigations process in July after massive cyber breaches occurred at the Office of Personnel Management.

OPM expects to release the results of the study soon.

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