Tag Archives: background investigation

GAO: OMB, Lead Agencies Should Plan, Establish Leadership Team to Implement Proposed Reforms

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and lead federal agencies come up with a government-wide communications strategy and implementation plan and establish a leadership team to implement the administration’s reform proposals.

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Charlie Phalen: Tech Adoption, Additional Investigators Help NBIB Reduce Security Clearance Backlog

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Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, said NBIB reduced the security clearance backlog to 424,000, down from 725,000 in April 2018, Federal News Network reported Monday. The figure represents a drop of 41 percent, or approximately 300,000, in pending investigative cases.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Move Background Investigations Work to DoD

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President Trump officially transferred the federal government’s security clearance and background investigations to a Department of Defense office through an executive order, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The EO renames the Defense Security Service as Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, which will assume all investigations-related work by the end of September.

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Mark Nehmer: AI Can Resolve Background Investigation Issues

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Mark Nehmer, technical director for the Defense Security Service’s National Background Investigative Services, said that artificial intelligence can significantly help government officials in conducting background investigations, the Department of Defense said Monday. Nehmer told attendees at a Nextgov event held on March 29 in Arlington Va., that AI can quicken the pace of investigations, resolve understaffing issues, decrease case backlog and mitigate a “Snowden-like event” or instances of government leaks. 

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ODNI, OPM Seek to Accelerate Security Clearance Process With New Framework; Bill Evanina Quoted

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management plan to implement policy changes under a new framework to speed up the vetting and security clearance procedures for federal personnel, Federal News Network reported Thursday. One of the changes ODNI and OPM will implement is reducing the number of tiers of background investigations from five to three: trusted/low-risk, secret and top secret.

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