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Bill Lietzau: DCSA Adds More Mission Areas to Advance Security Clearance Transformation

Bill Lietzau

Bill Lietzau, director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), said DCSA hired at least 100 additional employees and added more mission areas at the start of fiscal year 2021 as part of its security clearance transformation efforts. Those IT systems include the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) legacy platform for processing security clearances. 

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NSA’s Greg Smithberger: Cross-Agency Team Looking at Mission Areas That Can Accommodate Remote Work

Greg Smithberger

Greg Smithberger, chief information officer at the National Security Agency (NSA), shared at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance-hosted virtual panel discussion how the NSA works to ensure continuity of work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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DCSA Offers Update on Security Clearance Processing Times, Adjudications


The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has seen the number of security clearance investigations rise to approximately 205,000, but the figure is still within DCSA’s “steady state” target of between 200,000 and 225,000 in active investigations. “The inventory has slightly increased over the past few weeks, mostly due to the COVID-related impacts,” Heather Green, director of DCSA’s Vetting Risk Operations Center. 

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DHS Expands Scope of Insider Threat Program


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated its privacy impact assessment for the Insider Threat Program (ITP) by expanding ITP’s scope to include all persons who have or had access to DHS’ information, networks, facilities, equipment and related systems. Originally, the ITP focused on the prevention, mitigation and detection of unauthorized disclosure of classified data by DHS employees with active security clearances, DHS said in the updated PIA dated June 16.

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William Lietzau to Lead Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency

William "Bill" Lietzau, who leads the Department of Defense's Personnel Vetting Transformation Office, has been appointed to serve as director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Lietzau will succeed Charles Phalen who has been filling the role on an acting basis since 2019, DoD said Monday.

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Sen. Mark Warner: DNI, OPM Security Clearances Must Go on Amid Coronavirus

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged the directors of national intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to make sure the coronavirus outbreak does not affect security clearances in the intelligence community. The senator wrote a letter posted Wednesday to Richard Grenell and Dale Cabaniss amid concerns of the outbreak's financial effects causing security clearance delays.

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Mark Warner: ODNI, OPM Should Accelerate Implementation of Trusted Workforce 2.0

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has written a letter requesting that two government agencies increase activities towards the implementation of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 security clearance process, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.

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Three Forthcoming Policy Directives to Facilitate Security Clearance Modernization

The Trump administration will issue three policy directives as part of efforts to modernize the security clearance process and begin the next phase of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. The first directive is a national security presidential memorandum that directs the director of national intelligence agency and the Office of Personnel Management to update the security clearance, suitability and credentialing processes.

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