Tag Archives: security clearance

DHS Expands Scope of Insider Threat Program

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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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Mark Warner: NBIB’s Pilot Efforts Key to Security Clearance Backlog Decrease

Mark Warner, D-Va., said that the National Background Investigations Bureau has seen improvement in the handling of security clearances as the agency experiences a 40 percent decrease in backlog, Federal News Network reported Friday.  Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told the publication that the recent development may eventually lead to a “steady state” of 250,000 manageable case files.

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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty: Hiring Efforts, Security Clearance Reforms Key to Addressing NNSA’s Staffing Issues

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said at the agency’s recent job fair outside Washington, D.C. that new hiring efforts may help NNSA address staff shortages, Federal Times reported Wednesday. Gordon-Hagerty noted that NNSA is looking to hire more than 100 people to help the agency fill positions that will soon be vacant within five years after 40 percent of its workforce reach retirement age. 

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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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