Federal Employees News Digest

DHS expands insider threat program

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its insider threat program to go beyond scrutinizing individual with access to classified materials to encompassing "all those with past or current access to DHS facilities, information, equipment, networks, or systems," according to a Privacy Impact Assessment dated June 16.

DHS’ data collection efforts will now include employment and performance information, personnel files, clearance status and more.  That information can be collected from any DHS component agency, program, record or source, or it can be lawfully obtained from other domestic or foreign government or from the private sector.

The data collected includes records from “information security, personnel security and systems security for both internal and external security threats,” the assessment says, as well as “current employment and performance information, contract information, personnel files containing information about misconduct and adverse actions, and current and former security clearance status.”

The document does not specify what threat-related activities might include, saying only that they “include those posed by insiders with and without security clearances engaging in activities that have no nexus to unauthorized disclosure of classified information."

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