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Dec
16
Eric Pecinovsky
Forget Background Checks – Try Continuous Monitoring
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The latest step in the wave of security clearance reform is a renewed effort to apply ‘continuous monitoring’ to security-cleared professionals. The 2014 Intelligence Authorization Bill included a provision for ‘continuous evaluation’ – a requirement for agencies to evaluate public records such as credit histories and criminal backgrounds. Such electronic records would reveal information that would otherwise only appear in a periodic reinvestigation or as the result of a cleared professional self-reporting an issue.

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Nov
3
lindy.kyzer
Security Clearance Reform Again Debated on Capitol Hill
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Last week’s Senate hearing on security clearance reform focused on defense contractors and necessary reforms to prevent another Aaron Alexis from falling through the cracks. Several issues are of specific interest to the background investigator community, including proposals to shorten the length of time between periodic reinvestigations; improving technology and increasing the automation involved in the background investigation process; and creating uniform standards of training for background investigators.

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Oct
25
lindy.kyzer
'Cash Register' Culture Plagues Private Security Clearance Investigation Companies
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Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published a scathing review of the security clearance investigation process at US Investigations Services, LLC.
Jul
12
lindy.kyzer
Security Clearance Background Investigations: Blame the People or the Process?
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Congress has followed through on their promise to bring increased scrutiny and oversight to the security clearance investigation process. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s leak of classified information about the NSA’s PRISM program (and his subsequent ‘Where’s Waldo’ escapades in the Moscow airport), congressional leaders are asking more questions than ever. The Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act was introduced this week. It requires the government to update its policies and increase the transparency of the clearance process.

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