In today's Federal Newscast, 18 members of the NBIB will travel to Hill Air Force Base in March with more teams likely to follow.
As the Defense Department begins preparations in 2018 to process nearly 80 percent of all federal security clearances, the Government Accountability Office paints a messy picture of the governmentwide effort to improve quality and timeliness for background investigations.
A new president kept the federal workforce on its toes this year. Bureauchat hosts Meredith Somers and Nicole Ogrysko discuss the most important stories they covered in 2017.
In part two of a two-part special report, "Is splitting the security clearance process destined for failure?" Federal News Radio explains how a series of poor decisions and mismanagement led to today's investigative backlog.
In a special report, "Is splitting the security clearance process destined for failure?" Federal News Radio explores how a small provision in the 2018 defense authorization bill could have major repercussions on the background investigations backlog and could put the future of the National Background Investigations Bureau in question.
Jeff Pon, nominee for director of OPM, said he'll focus on helping agencies get the "right people in the right places at the right time."
The Defense Department is strongly urging lawmakers to give it the authority to resume responsibility for its own security clearance process. Lawmakers, however, are skeptical.
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).
Social Security, the Veterans Affairs Department and the Office of Personnel Management have one thing in common: a big backlog of applications for what they provide. OPM's National Background Investigative Bureau has a backlog of 700,000. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council, says this is becoming a national security concern and Congress isn't doing enough to cut it down.
The National Background Investigations Bureau plans 'human testing' this fall to improve the federal security clearance process.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.
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.
IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management say the agency has one major database left to encrypt, which contains some high-value assets and personally identifiable information for security clearance holders and federal employees.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Jan. 17, which sets the governance process and suitability standards for agencies and the population of federal employees and contractors. It clarifies the work that the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigation Bureau has already started to develop a more modern vetting system.