The long-awaited government report on the security clearance process has been released, and it offers a glimpse into the security clearance reforms we can expect to roll out over the next several months. It also leaves a few glaring omissions, including where the funds for the efforts will come from, and how new responsibilities will be delegated among the security clearance investigation and adjudication workforce....read more
As public opinion sways, so does the security clearance process. At least that’s the argument a contributor at ClearanceJobs.com made recently. He unpacked several of the ways that Federal Investigative Standards have, or will, change to reflect societal shifts.
What FIS updates do you see on the horizon?
Take for instance foreign relationships and contacts: an ever increasing percentage of Americans are foreign born. This has increased the number of households who have relatives that are foreign citizens. Additionally, second generation Americans are now embracing their heritage and roots and developing contacts with extended families overseas. More and more people from countries that were high on the CIA watch lists like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya are now becoming naturalized U.S. citizens while still maintaining close bonds to their homelands. Two guidelines, Foreign Preference and Foreign Influence, are intertwined and may evolve into being called Foreign Involvement. The focus of concern would be on actions taken to be involved in foreign politics, foreign employment, foreign property/business ownership, taking up arms for a foreign military, and in general, taking any action that might be in conflict with U.S. policy and interests....read more
Among the proposals on the table as Congress looks to reform the security clearance process in the wake of the Navy Yard Shooting – better cooperation with local law enforcement, continuous monitoring, and allowing background investigators to use the Internet when conducting background investigations.
This week the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee released the findings of a new 44-page report outlining the flaws in the security clearance process....read more
This week the Department of Justice filed a new complaint against security clearance investigation firm USIS. The filing accuses the company of filing incomplete investigations approximately 40 percent of the time, at least 665,000 cases. USIS has been under fire in recent months, as congress steps up efforts to reform the security clearance process and improve security clearance background checks....read more