Patrick McFarland

FILE - In this June 20, 2016 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions Monday in three remaining three cases after a flurry of decisions last week. It’s expected to be the justices’ final meeting before they disperse on their summer breaks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SCOTUS grants Justice Department chance to argue eligibility of presidential appointees

The Supreme Court granted the Justice Department a writ of certiorari, meaning DoJ can argue its case on presidential appointments next year.

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Vendor changeover to require pause in flexible spending reimbursements

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Confusion over OPM IG memo symptom of larger political appointee bottleneck

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OPM’s first credit monitoring contract had ‘significant deficiencies,’ says IG

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OPM defends 2007 background check of Navy Yard shooter

The same company that performed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s background investigation also performed a check of Aaron Alexis, the IT…

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Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass…

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Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government’s largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be “considerably more” fraud that hasn’t been uncovered due to “alarmingly insufficient oversight” of…

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