Trump officially transfers security clearance duties to DOD
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Apr 24, 2019
President Trump has officially transferred the security clearance process to the Department of Defense from the Office of Personnel Management.
Trump on April 23 signed an executive order that officially gives the secretary of Defense the authority to conduct security, suitability, and credentialing background investigations for all government agencies. The EO also renames the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service as the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.
“[T]he DCSA shall serve as the primary entity for conducting effective, efficient, and secure background investigations for the federal government… for determining suitability or, for employees in positions not subject to suitability, fitness for government employment; fitness to perform work for or on behalf of the government as a contractor; fitness to work as a nonappropriated fund employee…” the EO states.
The National Background Investigations Bureau will continue to conduct background investigations on behalf of DOD’s new clearance agency through Sept. 30.
DCSA will take over primary security clearance duties by June 24.