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

After digging out of a massive backlog of background investigations, agencies are walking a tightrope to modernize a decades-old process.

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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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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….

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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 dozen background investigators for either OPM or one of its contractors have been criminally prosecuted for misconduct ranging from outright falsifying reports, known as “ghostwriting,” to performing sloppy checks that failed to adhere to OPM’s standards.

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