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Democratic senators introduce security clearance reform bill

Feb. 28, 2014 - 10:43AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Sen. Claire McCaskill is co-sponsoring a bill tightening controls on the security clearance process. (Mike Morones/Staff)

Security clearance contractors would no longer be able to review and approve of their own work under legislation introduced Feb. 27 by three democratic senators.

Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said the Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would make permanent a recent Office of Personnel Management decision to conduct the background check reviews.

“Letting federal contractors review their own work is like letting the fox guard the henhouse,” Tester said. “This common-sense bill will put national security ahead of profits, hold federal contractors more accountable, and make our nation safer.”

U.S. Investigations Services, a company that performs background checks for the government is currently facing charges for allegedly taking shortcuts on background checks.

Begich said in the wake of incidents such as the Navy Yard shooting reviewing background checks is more important than ever.

“Glitches in our government security clearance processes are unacceptable and recent tragedies have shown that there is no room for error,” said Begich.

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