Senate Introduces Bill to Add Additional Screening to Security Clearance Process

December 4, 2013

Senate Introduces Bill to Add Additional Screening to Security Clearance Process

On October 30, 2013, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), along with cosponsors Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), introduced the “Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013” (S. 1618). If enacted, this bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to conduct random reviews of every individual with a security clearance at least twice every five years. This review would consist of an automated search of records databases and public information, such as news reports and social media sites. The search would be aimed at identifying information that individuals with security clearances are legally required to disclose, but have not done so, including criminal or civil legal proceedings, certain financial information, and indicators that an individual may engage in compulsive behavior or be subject to blackmail. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.






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