Contractor's arrest at White House highlights issues with background checks

A White House contractor who was arrested while reporting for work on June 6 was able to receive a security clearance because key information was missing from a national database used in background checks, Reuters reports.

The contractor, Martese Edwards, 29, worked for the National Security Council as a temporary employee (employed by an outside staffing agency) since December 2017 and was arrested at a White House checkpoint after Secret Service was alerted that a warrant had been issued for his arrest for attempted murder, according to the article.

The Secret Service was belatedly notified of his fugitive status through the Criminal Justice Information System because the original warrant, issued May 17, lacked a “Universal Control Number” and other personal ID information that would have alerted the agency, the report notes, adding that no explanation was given for why the critical information was left out of the original warrant entry. 

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

One of Pruitt's minions. Time for a big bonus based on performance.

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Hey look at management and political appointees they are all criminals now and in the past.

Fri, Jun 8, 2018

Yep! Lowest bidder and doing a job the could be done better by government employees no doubt.

Fri, Jun 8, 2018

A potential political appointee or GS-15 manager in training. Lowest bidder possibly?

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