An article in the Washington Post this weekend argues that despite a background investigation overhaul at the Office of Personnel Management that resulted in the barring of background investigation contractor USIS and was to lead to changes in security clearance processing, the pressures remain much the same for the investigators doing the work.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is the training branch for Office of the Director of National Intelligence and it offers training support to all government agencies, contracted government security and intelligence industry companies, and private sector corporate entities who may be the target of collection efforts by criminals or foreign adversaries.
CIA Director John Brennan outlined the 21st century challenges facing his agency and the organizational changes being made to address these challenges at a recent dinner event in front of 500 guests of the Intelligence Community. Among the changes currently being implemented were two key additions to the agency:
- Establishment of the Talent Development Center of Excellence which will promote and improve workforce development of incoming and current CIA employees.
- Standing up of the Directorate of Digital Innovation Directorate which will focus on strengthening expertise and understanding of digital and cyber capabilities, modernize business practices, and integrate the CIA’s mission center capabilities.
Among the most interesting comments, made by Mr. Brennan was that the CIA was attracting and leveraging new talent who grew up with technology and social media and use them to adapt current intelligence gathering methodologies and exploit open source information for use against our adversaries. Mr. Brennan stated:
DSS Updates the FCL Request Process
The Defense Security Service (DSS) has finished updates to the Facility Clearance (FCL) process in efforts to improve accountability and make it more efficient. The updates include a “FCL Roadmap” and an accompanying FCL Orientation Handbook that provide detailed explanations of the process and how to submit a request through electronically through the e-FCL.