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Bill Evanina Updates House Panel on ODNI’s Security Clearance Reform Efforts

Bill Evanina
Bill Evanina

Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has provided lawmakers an update on the efforts of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s NCSC to introduce reforms to the security clearance investigation process.

Evanina said in written testimony Thursday before the House Oversight Committee that NCSC has partnered with the Office of Personnel Management, Defense Department and other agencies to develop a policy framework for the process.

He told lawmakers some of the guidance documents released by ODNI and OPM from 2012 to 2015 in an effort to improve the security clearance process.

These include guidelines on the designation of national security positions and an executive correspondence that mandates agencies to implement continuous evaluation to further support screening of government personnel who are eligible to access classified data, he noted.

Evanina, who is also national counterintelligence executive, mentioned a national counterintelligence campaign that NCSC launched in order to raise awareness on the data breach at OPM among government personnel whose personally identifiable information may have been compromised.

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