Located directly in the middle of most of the agencies that make up the Intelligence Community, ODNI Director James Clapper opened the new state of the art campus named Intelligence Agency Campus-Bethesda (ICC-B) that will house up to 3,000 employees who had been previously moved to Ft. Belvoir in 2011. According to the news release by the ODNI, the campus will primarily host employees from ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Last Fall the big news in the background investigation arena was the downfall of USIS and their investigators jumping ship to either CACI or KeyPoint Government Solutions. Since then very little ink has been spilled regarding how the transition went, whether CACI and KGS are doing a better job, or if the reforms and oversight instituted by OPM have cut down on the type of misconduct that caused USIS to abandon its investigations division.
Lately I have ran across numerous situations involving the illegal recording of private conversations and thought I would highlight the legalities and pitfalls involved. With the mass availability of devices (cell phones, mini-recorders, laptops, watches, i-pads) that can surreptitiously record telephone and face to face conversations there is now an increased temptation by many individuals to do so. However, without researching the legalities of such actions, this could result in being criminally prosecuted for a felony offense or having a civil lawsuit filed against you. It would behoove you to be familiar with Federal and state wiretapping laws before engaging in any such activity.
Last week the Office of Personnel Management made a decision to shut down the e-QIP application used to process 90% of Federal government background investigations for 4-6 weeks. At the same time, due to the data breach which allowed hackers access to OPM investigative records through a laptop that was only user ID/password protected, the Office of Management and Budget has now pushed for all Federal agencies to comply with an HSPD-12 requirement first rolled out in 2005 that mandated agencies upgrade their IT infrastructures to meet Federal Identity Credentialing and Access Management (FICAM) standards. The result of these two events is “the perfect storm” in which compliance with investigative requirements for issuance of a smart identification card and the inability to submit background investigations has left agencies in quite a predicament.