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.
The meager report is primarily data, leaving analysis to the reader.
The motive for demanding release of this data (I believe) is (1) general oversight of the number of security clearances granted by the government; and (2) that the reporting of investigation lengths serves as a check on agencies.
Today, clearance veteran William Loveridge offered his insights for tackling the legendary “Standard Form 86” (SF-86)/”electronic Questionnaire for Investigation Processing” (eQIP). Among his recommendations?
– Certain things you know are required, so start gathering the info in advance, such as: Employment history Address history Current copy of your credit report