Security

OPM will not renew contracts with background investigations firm

US Investigations Services, a major contractor that performs background checks for federal agencies—announced Sept. 9 that the Office of Personnel Management will not exercise its options to extend the company's background investigation fieldwork and background investigation support services contracts that expire September 30.

Hackers broke into OPM databases

Chinese hackers gained access to some Office of Personnel Management databases, apparently seeking files of those who have applied for top secret security clearances.

Auditors find gaps in TSP security

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is clamping down on security at its data centers.

Fewer security clearances being issued

The number of new and renewed security clearances granted by the federal government has declined since 2011.

Senators seek more frequent clearance reviews

A bipartisan group of senators is asking the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to approve a bill to strengthen security clearance background checks.

DOD unveils new security plans in wake of Navy Yard shooting

The Defense Department this week revealed steps it will take to improve physical security at DOD facilities.

Legislation targets clearance review process

Three senators late last month introduced a bill aimed at preventing security clearance contractors from reviewing and approving their own background investigations.

DOD to enforce CAC card policy

DOD said it will begin to strictly enforce policies regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards (CACs).

Informed Investor: Protect your tax Identity

Recent data breaches at Target stores and an increase in the number of tax identity thefts should alert all individuals about the problem of identity theft. This week’s column discusses what to do to prevent identity theft, and the steps one should take if one has become a victim of tax identity theft.

Security clearance process needs fixing, but solution is elusive

Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree that the federal government's security clearance process needs to be fixed, but they are far apart on just how to do it.

Group: Don't target contractors

A trade group that represents professional and technical services industries that serve the federal government warned against vilifying contractors amid recent allegations that one firm took shortcuts in conducting thousands of federal security clearances

DOD to require documentation to replace lost or stolen cards

The Defense Department later this year will start to enforce a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards (CACs).

Group: Don't vilify federal contractors

A trade group that represents professional and technical services industries that serve the government cautioned against vilifying contractors amid recent allegations that one investigations firm took shortcuts in conducting thousands of federal security clearances.

Army investigators issue warning about fraudulent website

Army investigators are alerting service members about a web-based scam that offers bogus benefits to falsely obtain access to soldiers' email accounts, online passwords and other information.

Gov't files complaint against background-check firm

The federal government has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the company that performed the employment background checks of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and government contractor Aaron Alexis, who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last fall.

GAO says agencies should improve data breach response

Federal agencies need to generate more consistent responses to data breaches that result in exposure of personally identifiable information (PII), according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

D.C. delegate urges changes at FPS

The House delegate from the District of Columbia planned to introduce a bill to reform the Federal Protective Service (FPS).