Security clearance backlog looms
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 02, 2014
A stop-work order that suspended a major contractor's work on background investigations could slow down the federal security clearance process, the Washington Post reports.
In early August, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Homeland Security suspended background investigations contractor USIS from conducting the checks after someone hacked into the company's systems, potentially compromising the personal information of thousands of federal employees.
While the agencies have been working to shift background investigations to other contractors or do them internally, experts said the suspension of work with USIS—one of the leading firms in the industry—was bound to lead to a clearance backlog that would continue to grow the longer the suspension stays in place.