Pentagon Assumes Background Investigations Responsibility; Charles Phalen Quoted

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A Department of Defense agency on Tuesday, Oct. 1, officially assumed responsibility for background investigations work, DoD reported. The transfer of the Office of Personnel Management’s National Background Investigations Bureau to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency complies with an executive order signed by President Trump in April.

''Merging the components into one organization will allow us to execute our two core missions: personnel vetting and critical technology protection, underpinned by counterintelligence and training,'' said Charles Phalen, acting director of DCSA.

The merger of NBIB with DCSA will facilitate the provision of security training, education and certification for federal, industry and allied partners, perform suitability background investigations and identify and address foreign intelligence threats to the federal government’s technologies and workforce.

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