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.
HSPD-12 Credentialing Decision
The objective of an HSPD-12 credentialing decision is to ensure that a person does not pose an unacceptable risk to life, safety or health to persons, assets or information. It applies to all Federal employees and contractors requiring long-term access to Federal facilities and/or IT systems.
On January 6, 2015 Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, introduced a bill, H.R.55 – Rightsizing Activities of Intelligence Non-Governmental Contractors (RAINC) Act of 2015, that would require the U.S. Intelligence Community to reduce the number of top secret clearances granted to contractors.
Here is the official summary of the bill posted on the OpenCongress.org website:
U.S. military personnel and government contractors support operations all over the world, and quite of a few of them work hand in hand with one or more of the 26 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. Some of this work involves information that is classified, thus the appropriate level of clearance must be granted. Does that mean in order to get access you have to undergo another background investigation? The answer is no. Each country is responsible for ensuring their personnel are vetted and investigated at the appropriate level before being granted access to classified information. They must also follow the NATO Security Agreement that outlines the rules for clearance and access to NATO classified information The security office for each nation provides the clearance information to NATO for input into a central registry, however, before being granted access to NATO classified information, you must first undergo a NATO security briefing. Here are the different types of NATO classifications and what they mean: