NBIB employees receive official ‘welcome’ to DOD

Thousands of National Background Investigations Bureau employees have officially received offers to join the Department of Defense as part of the larger effort to transfer the security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management to the Pentagon.

The decision to move the security clearance function to the DOD is an "economical, business-smart and process-smart solution," a senior defense official has said.

At least 3,300 NBIB employees have received at least two notices that they'll be moving to the DOD by Sept. 30.

An executive order signed April 23 officially gave the secretary of Defense the authority to conduct security, suitability, and credentialing background investigations for all government agencies. The EO also renamed the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service as the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

While certain employees will be working for the new organization, many of their experience will remain the same, according to DOD.

"With the transfer of their jobs, the grade does not change, the workspace does not change, the supervisor does not change except for a few executives, and the pay stays the same. They are just in a different payroll system," a senior administration official said during a briefing.

According to another senior defense official, there are about 100 major projects underway, about 480 milestones that need to be met, and another 2,000 "big tasks" that must be completed to successfully make the transfer.

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