DoD Personnel: Inadequate Personnel Security Investigations Pose National Security Risks, Statement of Carol R. Schuster, Associate Director, National Security Preparedness Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division, Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives [open pdf - 472KB]
"Safeguarding sensitive national security information is one of the most important responsibilities entrusted to public servants. Therefore, it is critical that only those individuals who have passed the scrutiny of rigorous background investigations be granted security clearances. Unfortunately, our evaluation of Defense Security Service personnel security investigations revealed serious lapses in the thoroughness and timeliness of the investigations, raising questions about the risks such lapses pose to national security....Our report made a series of recommendations to improve the overall management of the personnel security investigation program. These recommendations include identifying the program as containing material internal control weaknesses in DoD's next report to the President and the Congress in accordance with the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act. We also recommended that the Secretary of Defense require the Defense Security Service Director to develop a strategic plan and performance measures to improve the quality of the investigative work and correct other identified weaknesses. DOD agreed with all of our recommendations and is in the early stages of making the necessary changes. However, because of the seriousness and breadth of the problems, it may take several years and many millions of dollars before all of the necessary improvements are made."
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