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DCSA opens ‘front door’ to next-gen background investigation system

The introduction of “e-App” is a key development in an NBIS software project that’s considered the cornerstone of federal personnel vetting reforms.

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OMB sees 2022 as ‘most significant year’ for security clearance reform

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New vetting guidelines set to advance security clearance reform ideas

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Pentagon security agency aims to get background investigations software on track

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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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New audit reveals OPM’s weak oversight of background check reviews

A new audit from the OPM Inspector General’s office reveals shortcomings in the steps taken by Office of Personnel Management and its contractors to make…

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

Matthew Baum, a former investigator in OPM’s now-defunct Office of Federal Investigations, questions whether politics and privatization went too far by…

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Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM’s background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process — and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News…

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