As we all know, anyone who holds a security clearances must report certain types of information to their Security Officer. This includes such things as a change in marital or cohabitation status, foreign travel and contacts, criminal charges, financial issues, and drug or alcohol abuse. Depending on your agency or company, there may be additional information that needs to be reported. The Department of Energy (DOE) has labs and sites across the U.S. work involving highly classified nuclear weapons information with a large cleared contractor workforce. Because of the highly sensitive nature of their work, the DOE has one of the most robust security clearance continuous evaluation programs across the government and are an excellent model other agencies might consider mirroring.
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.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock in the caves of Afghanistan over the past two years, you may have heard of the Federal Government’s push to lock down and secure access to IT systems and applications. The impetus behind this was a mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) back in 2010 towards which the government has slowly been working towards implementation. With the OPM breach acting as an instigator, agencies that previously were plodding along in this venture have suddenly jumped in with both feet and more progress has been made in the last 6 months than the previous 4 years. Now, with most agencies on board, OMB efforts to increase collaboration and information sharing securely among federal agencies, contractors, and non-federal partners are bearing fruit.
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.