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Federal Agency to Use AI to Improve Security Clearance Process

The National Background Investigation Service plans to launch its first artificial intelligence algorithm to accelerate review of federal security clearances, FedScoop reported Monday. The current clearance application requires paperwork, interviews with applicants’ friends and family members and an evidence package for assessment.

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Sen. Warner Reintroduces Bill to Boost National Security

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., re-introduced a bill aiming to improve U.S. national security through a modernized security clearance system and a new workforce to handle national security and public safety missions. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would also help the government reduce its background investigation backlog, Warner said in a statement released Friday. The bill was introduced to the Senate in 2018.  

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Sen. Mark Warner Proposes Bill to Augment U.S. Security Clearance

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would aim to refine the nation's security clearance process. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would task the executive branch to immediately address backlog cases concerning background checks, Warner's office said Thursday.

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Reports: OPM Chief Steps Down, Beth Cobert Named Acting Director

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned from her position Friday, one day after the agency disclosed what it found in its investigation into the breaches on its computer systems, multiple media outlets are reporting. National Journal reports Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, …

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Feds Disclose Attempted Federal Workforce Data Breach

Hackers based in China broke into the Office of Personnel Management‘s computer networks in March and the government believes they wanted to access data on security clearances, the New York Times reported Wednesday. A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed the infiltration and said that authorities found no loss of “personally identifiable information,” …

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ODNI: Gov’t-Issued Security Clearances Down 9% Since 2011

New data from the Office of the Director or National Intelligence indicates that agencies have issued 9 percent fewer security clearances to employees over the past three fiscal years, GovExec reported Friday. Eric Katz writes that the number of agency-issued clearances that give individuals access to classified information declined in fiscal …

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Faster Clearance Wait Times Largely Not Affecting Hiring, Survey Suggests

Government contractors, agencies and recruiters are largely not changing their hiring practices even though waiting times for clearances are decreasing, a ClearanceJobs.com survey indicates. Of the 472 hiring managers and recruiters surveyed in late July, 63 percent said their recruiting practices have not changed while 19 percent said improved processing …

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TechAmerica Evaluates Contractor Clearance Process, Interagency Transfers

A recent TechAmerica survey of contractors claims the federal government is spending millions of public funds on redundant clearance systems, Federal Computer Week reports. According to Matthew Weigelt’s report, 74 percent of respondents have at least 101 employees with clearances. One-fourth of contractors said they spent between $1 million and …

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