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Trump officially transfers security clearance duties to DOD

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.

Reader comments

Wed, May 15, 2019 Luke

"Putting Civilians directly under the control of the military is terrible, illegal and brings the USA closer to a dictatorship." Well then. . .this should make all democrats and rino's happy, right? Secondly, it's not 'illegal'. DOD has had civilians under its umbrella since day one. That, and civilian agencies should NEVER have been trusted with background checks or anything to do with security clearances, i.e. hillary clinton, comey, rice,

Mon, Apr 29, 2019 Bill

Things should work better now. In the 1960's (and I believe 1970's) US Army Counterintelligence Special Agents did background investigations. They were done quickly and well.

Fri, Apr 26, 2019 Hinterlands

Easier to order an agency to lie and obfuscate when they are used to following orders that don't seem right than an agency which has integrity and not used to bowing and scraping to a Cheeto-haired self-proclaimed God. What will he destroy, diminish, or defecate on next?

Fri, Apr 26, 2019 Virginia

Putting Civilians directly under the control of the military is terrible, illegal and brings the USA closer to a dictatorship. Terrible because it adds to the backlog of Civilian clearances eight months will slow to 12 or more, as the primary focus of the military is military and they do not have the “trained” staff. Terrible because they will start rushing through clearance data or more likely farm it out to 3rd party Contractors adding to the personal information being leaked. Illegal as now the Civilian workforce is under the direct control of the military. Every security standard will be reviewed perhaps modified by the military as they are now given the responsibility of decided how serious a security violation is; i.e. should they revoke a clearance? What powers does a Dictator need to control the Government and have absolute rule over the people? America was setup with three separate bodies as check and balances to each other Congress (House and Senate), President, and Supreme Court. The President already is Commander in Chief of the Military, members of Congress have stopped voting for America voting almost solidly along party lines, and the Supreme Court seems to be thankfully using the Constitution as guidance. Putting Civilians directly under the control of the military is terrible, illegal and brings the USA closer to a dictatorship. Watch for freedom of the press to be taken away and continued propaganda via radio talk shows, tweets, one sided interviews, and other misinformation to blame “people” with alternate views to be punished.

Thu, Apr 25, 2019 Luke

It's about time somebody did this!

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