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Buried in backlog, Feds give top-secret clearances to murderers, rapists
Sep 7th, 2017 at 11:46am
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Under a crushing backlog in the issuing or renewing of security clearances, federal authorities have given interim clearances to people they later discovered were murderers and pedophiles, a senior government official said Wednesday.

“This is very, very dangerous,” said Daniel E. Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, a federal office that oversees the granting of temporary clearances.

“I’ve got murderers who have access to classified information. I have rapists. I have pedophiles. I have people involved in child porn,” Payne said. “This is the risk we are taking.”

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" The backlog “grew precipitously” in 2015 and 2016, and stands at near record levels today, said Charles S. Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, a federal service provider under the Office of Personnel Management."
  

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Re: Buried in backlog, Feds give top-secret clearances to murderers, rapists
Reply #1 - Sep 7th, 2017 at 12:21pm
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The Original Wally wrote on Sep 7th, 2017 at 11:46am:
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" The backlog “grew precipitously” in 2015 and 2016, and stands at near record levels today, said Charles S. Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, a federal service provider under the Office of Personnel Management."



Actually Wally I'm a bit surprised to see you bring another Republican failure to light.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A budget shortfall has forced a Pentagon security unit to sharply cut back on regular investigations used to update security clearances for defense contractor employees.

In a little-noticed announcement posted on its website on June 7, the Defense Security Service said that “due to a funding shortfall,” it has been obliged to suspend “most” routine re-investigations of defense contractor employers cleared at the “Top Secret” level,



A government source familiar with the matter said the policy change was related to automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration that began earlier this year when Congress failed to agree on an alternative deficit reduction plan.

If a scheduled reinvestigation is delayed or canceled due to the budget crunch, clearance holders will be allowed to hold their clearances, officials said. “Nothing will happen to them,” said Cindy McGovern, a spokeswoman for the Defense Security Service.

McGovern said that, in general, budget restrictions will force personnel at the agency to cut back their working weeks, and hence their pay, to four days per week, starting in July.

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Also, the backlog of clearances (something like 700k people, now) is so big that the Trump administration has stopped reporting it.  Trump, not Obama.
  

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Re: Buried in backlog, Feds give top-secret clearances to murderers, rapists
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Uncle Ichabod wrote on Sep 7th, 2017 at 12:21pm:
Actually Wally I'm a bit surprised to see you bring another Republican failure to light.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A budget shortfall has forced a Pentagon security unit to sharply cut back on regular investigations used to update security clearances for defense contractor employees.

In a little-noticed announcement posted on its website on June 7, the Defense Security Service said that “due to a funding shortfall,” it has been obliged to suspend “most” routine re-investigations of defense contractor employers cleared at the “Top Secret” level,



A government source familiar with the matter said the policy change was related to automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration that began earlier this year when Congress failed to agree on an alternative deficit reduction plan.

If a scheduled reinvestigation is delayed or canceled due to the budget crunch, clearance holders will be allowed to hold their clearances, officials said. “Nothing will happen to them,” said Cindy McGovern, a spokeswoman for the Defense Security Service.

McGovern said that, in general, budget restrictions will force personnel at the agency to cut back their working weeks, and hence their pay, to four days per week, starting in July.

Sequestration


Let the "But, But, Buts" begin.




your article is from 2013 so I guess this has been going on for quite a while.


  
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