As the Trump administration considers moving the bulk of the governmentwide security clearance process back onto the Pentagon, the head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) says his agency has a plan to cut the growing security clearance backlog.
The White House is considering two executive orders and lawmakers are adding provisions to bills trying to limit agency exposure to Chinese made technology.
In today's Federal Newscast, Representative Lamar Smith is not satisfied with the answers he received from the Homeland Security Department on how they are making sure Kaspersky Lab products are out of federal networks.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center plans to deploy its own fully functional continuous evaluation system by fall 2018. Executive branch agencies buy into those services, and NCSC will continually vet agency employees against 10 different databases.
The Defense Department has been exploring how it might transfer security clearances for DoD personnel from the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to the Defense Security Services (DSS).
The National Background Investigations Bureau plans 'human testing' this fall to improve the federal security clearance process.
Current and former counterintelligence officials say there is no known evidence so far that a victim of the Office of Personnel Management's cyber breaches has been specifically targeted. Instead, the public's loss of trust in OPM and government as a whole has been the biggest damage done after the breaches.
Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said foreign hackers will target current and former federal employees based on a broad set of data, not just personal information stolen during the massive breach in 2015.
Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said the lead agencies reforming the security clearance process made subtle, but important changes to how investigators check employees’ backgrounds.
Agencies will know later this month how much more they will have to pay for security clearances to the National Background Investigations Bureau. The NBIB will meet initial operating capability on Oct. 1 and begin processing all security clearance cases.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released much-anticipated guidance on using social media during background checks.Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center at ODNI, said the policy is a collaborative effort to "strike the right balance" between obtaining publicly available information but not stepping on civil liberties.
Current and former intelligence community officials say they're not getting the buy-in they need from their top leadership — or the guidance they need to use begin using social media — in their insider threat and security clearance programs.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee questioned the administration on its new federal security clearance reform plan. Members of the committee wanted further details about the Office of Personnel Management's role in the new process, as well as the timeline, funding, and the authorities that DoD would have under the National Background Investigations Bureau.
Once your personal information has been purloined, you have to think twice about anyone who might try to befriend you. If you're one of the more than 20 million federal employees affected by the great Office of Personnel Management data breach, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center has some information that might help. Bill Evanina, center director, brings more to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.