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

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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NBIB, DoD Launch Preparations for DCSA Security Clearance Duty Transition

The National Background Investigations Bureau and Department of Defense are working on funding and systems modernization efforts ahead of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency’s start of operations in October, Federal News Network reported Friday. According to NBIB Director Charlie Phalen, the bureau and DoD seek to establish a working capital fund for DCSA and update the Office of Personnel Management’s background investigation platform before the National Background Investigations Service system succeeds it by 2020.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Move Background Investigations Work to DoD

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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Terry Carpenter: NBIS Uses AI, Digital Tools to Accelerate Security Clearance Process

Terry Carpenter, program executive officer for the National Background Investigation Service, said the agency has adopted artificial intelligence and digital tools to collect and sort information on candidates to speed up the security clearance process as part of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 framework, Nextgov reported Thursday. “We have a complete list of how the algorithm got to the recommendation. We can click on any piece of data in that decision-making chain and see it. And that gets packaged up as part of the supporting evidence for why decisions were made,” Carpenter said Thursday at the Government Analytics Breakfast Forum.

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Mark Nehmer: AI Can Resolve Background Investigation Issues

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

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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NBIB Continues Background Investigations Amid Government Shutdown

The National Background Investigations Bureau is still running despite the partial government shutdown's effects on the Office of Personnel Management, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The bureau continues to run on funds that customer agencies pay for investigation work. The NBIB has managed to cut a backlog of 725,000 investigations down to 600,000 between April and the end of 2018.

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DISA Releasing New Tools to Modernize Security Clearance Investigations

The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to deploy the next set of technologies to help the defense community modernize security clearance investigations by the end of December. DISA said Tuesday, it looks to unveil a new information technology system built by the agency’s National Background Investigation Services program office, an interface that connects background investigation systems and a position designation tool.

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David Berteau on Potential Risks, Benefits of Security Clearance Oversight Transfer to DoD

David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, told Government Matters in an interview aired Tuesday about industry’s concerns once the Defense Department takes over the governmentwide program for security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management. Berteau mentioned some of those concerns, including the volume of the clearance backlog, background investigation process, funding and reciprocity.
 

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