Senate Passes Bill to Improve Oversight of Security Clearance Background Checks

December 4, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Oversight of Security Clearance Background Checks

On October 10, 2013, the Senate passed the “Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act” (S. 1276). This bill, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) on July, 10, 2013, would authorize funding for the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Office of Inspector General to conduct audits and investigations into security clearance background investigations conducted by OPM’s Federal Investigative Services division. Additionally, the bill would direct OPM to terminate or debar any employees or contractors that OPM determines are involved in misconduct that could affect the integrity of background investigations. Finally, the bill would require the director of national intelligence to issue guidance to federal departments and agencies on positions requiring security clearance. Following passage in the Senate, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.     






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