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 announced more details behind its proposed reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management, a week before the plan is scheduled to receive more intense congressional scrutiny before the House Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee.
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.
Industry says the President's recent security clearance transfer brings promise for long-awaited modernization to the entire personnel vetting process.
After months of promises that the move was imminent, President Donald Trump has made the transfer of the governmentwide security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management to the Pentagon official.
The costs of conducting a security clearance in fiscal 2020 will remain consistent at 2019 levels, even as the Defense Department prepares to assume responsibility for background investigations across most of government.
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.
The Defense Information Systems Agency announced plans to transfer a few dozen employees within the National Background Investigations System office, as well as employees within DoD's Consolidated Adjudications Facility, to the Defense Security Service.
Leadership within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Office of Personnel Management have agreed to a broad framework that's designed to reimagine the entire suitability, credentialing and security clearance process. New policies will be rolled out over the course of 2019.
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.
The Defense Department is planning to merge the National Background Investigations Bureau, Defense Security Service and other entities within the Pentagon to form one, new security clearance entity.
Common standards across the suitability and security clearances processes may ease long-held frustrations from industry and the intelligence community.
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.