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Pentagon security agency aims to get background investigations software on track

Officials are trying to right the ship on the National Background Investigation Services program.

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In this Feb. 8, 2018 photo, the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Red, blue or purple, in flyover country or along the U.S. coast, most Americans loathe the national legislature and think its members are listening to all the wrong people. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

4 bills that could hitch a ride if Congress passes a budget omnibus later this month

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Fixing the security clearance mess starts with bringing background investigations back in house

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Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM’s background investigations

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OPM’s crackdown on background check fraud leads to jail time — for some

Since 2008, the Office of Personnel Management has been on a crusade to root out falsification in background investigations using the courts. Nearly two…

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OMB: Plan for implementing security-clearance fixes coming soon

In the coming months, the federal government will release a detailed plan for implementing more than a dozen recommendations to improve the security clearance…

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Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta’s decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

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