Could it be true? For years I have argued to anyone who would listen, that OPM should not have been given responsibility for national security background investigations. As a security professional in various roles over a number of years, I have seen how the government has allowed human resources managers to inject themselves into what was inherently a security responsibility. At the highest levels, HR senior executives made power grabs in order to give themselves more responsibilities for their performance ratings. As a result, what were once effective background investigation processes were turned into paperwork shuffles and a check the block farce.
According to the acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Beth Cobert, OPM launched a new verification website hosted by the Pentagon that allows you to check to see if your personal information was compromised in the OPM data breech last summer. The site, which has a dmdc.osd.mil URL, asks the individual to input personal information such as name, DOB, SSN, address, email address, and the reason for the request. The drop down for the reason includes:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Inspector General’s Office, in collaboration with the DOJ, completed an investigation into two federal contracting companies, NetCracker Technology Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), and found evidence that from 2008 through 2013, they used employees on a DISA contract without them having the required security clearances.
60 Minutes aired a special report on November 8th that revealed the details of their special investigation into how the likes of Snowden, Alexis, and Manning were all able to pass the background investigation process and be granted security clearances. The report revealed data sources and information that clearly brought to light incidents with glaring red flags that should have raised concerns and resulted in immediate suspension of their security clearances.