The Office of Personnel Management has provided more information about the new National Background Investigations Bureau in OPM’s written response to a follow-up inquiry from Sens. John Tester (D-Montana) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Federal News Radio reported Monday.
Jason Miller writes OPM told the senators in the agency’s Sept. 2 letter that NBIB will have federal investigative records enterprise and business transformation directorates as well as an engagements and customer service office with a law enforcement liaison that will promote electronic records exchange.
OPM also noted the bureau will employ approximately 3,000 government personnel and about 5,500 contractor employees, Miller reports.
NBIB transition lead Jim Onusko said at a national security forum that NBIB will have eight key functions such as a senior executive service position that will oversee the FIRE directorate and lead efforts to automate and digitize the bureau’s processes, according to the station.
The report said OPM hired roughly 400 federal investigators this year and aims to recruit 200 more investigative professionals in 2017, Miller wrote.
The Defense Information Systems Agency seeks industry feedback on information technology platforms for NBIB’s National Background Investigation System which will cover the bureau’s IT applications, security, storage and other service requirements.