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Hearing Hearing Date: October 11, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

Security Clearance Investigation Challenges and Reforms

Security Clearance Investigation Challenges and Reforms
October 11, 2017
2:00 pm
2154 Rayburn HOB
  • To discuss the merits of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) plan to transfer the background investigation function from Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) back to DOD.
  • To examine recent reports on problems with interim clearance investigations, improper adjudications, and potential reforms to the investigation process.
  • The DOD released a plan in August 2017 to initiate a transfer of background investigations for DOD personnel from the NBIB at the OPM to Defense Security Services (DSS).
  • While DOD intends to reduce the current investigation backlog, critics claim the transfer will worsen the backlog.
  • Recent inspector general and media reports have described deficiencies in the clearance process, including agencies granting interim clearances to individuals with criminal backgrounds.
Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. William Evanina

Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Mr. Charles Phalen

Director, National Background Investigations Bureau
Office of Personnel Management


Mr. Garry Reid

Director of Defense Intelligence, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Department of Defense


Mr. A.R. "Trey" Hodgkins III

Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector