One of the items included in the 2016 omnibus appropriations bill is the Enhanced Personnel Security Program. Why is this significant? Because it will direct agencies to screen social media sites twice within every 5 years as a part of the continuous evaluation process. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has not yet issued guidance on how agencies are to conduct the checks, how to verify any adverse information, or how to apply it using current adjudicative guidelines.
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.