With the initial transfer of the National Background Investigations Bureau to the Pentagon complete, defense officials say they can turn their attention toward both modernizing the security clearance process and better protecting critical IT systems among cleared industry providers.
New policies aren’t official yet, but defense and intelligence officials say they’re designing the newly renamed Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency that’s positioned for a more modern era.
GSA has issued a request for information to begin modernization of legacy mainframe hardware at the Office of Personnel Management. The RFI is part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence initiative, which both agencies have agreed to use to advance the merger.
The Defense Department has officially assumed responsibility for the governmentwide security clearance portfolio and has named new leadership to oversee the coming transfer.
A healthy inventory of pending security clearances is at last within reach, as the National Background Investigations Bureau prepares to transfer its resources, employees and authorities to the Defense Department by Oct. 1.
The Trump administration has confirmed that the Office of Personnel Management will operate on shaky financial ground after the security clearance business moves to the Pentagon later this year. It’s that financial uncertainty that’s prompting the administration to actively push for OPM reorganization.
The National Background Investigations Bureau is working out the details of the upcoming transfer of the governmentwide security clearance portfolio, and the people, resources and IT that come with it, to the Defense Department.
The backlog of pending security clearances and other matters at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) is down more than 25 percent from its record-high nearly a year ago. The backlog today stands at 541,000 investigations, NBIB Director Charlie Phalen said.
Top officials at the National Background Investigations Bureau and the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service tried to ensure lawmakers that the transfer of the governmentwide security clearance portfolio will be as seamless as possible.
As part of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, intelligence and industry communities are preparing to deliver their plan to reimagine the security clearance to Congress by the end of the year.