Each component within the Homeland Security Department applies standards differently when determining whether contractor personnel are fit to work on behalf of the agency.
Federal employees and contractors waited hundreds of days in some cases for a security clearance in 2016, but the Office of Personnel Management spent much of the year putting the policy pieces in place for improvement. Key stakeholders in the Performance Accountability Council developed an IT plan for the new background investigation system and issued business rules for adjudicating some cases.
The Senior Executives Association honored 43 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Rank Awards at a banquet in Washington April 21. The winners were responsible for saving government more than $121 billion. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave the keynote speech.