Safeguarding Our Nation's Secrets: Examining the National Security Workforce, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 20, 2014   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is from the November 20, 2014 hearing on "Safeguarding Our Nation's Secrets: Examining the National Security Workforce," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Jon Tester: "From the significant disclosures of classified information to the tragedy at the Washington Naval Yard, it is abundantly clear to the American people that the Federal Government is failing to properly vet the individuals who are granted access to our Nation's most sensitive information and secure facilities. And as we all see, there are real life consequences of these failures. In looking at the lessons learned, it is obvious that there is no single quick fix to such a broken system. It is about incomplete, falsified, and ultimately, background investigations and re-investigations. It is about agencies improperly adjudicating which employees and contractors should be granted a clearance, and it is about pure volume. Today there are nearly five million individuals with a security clearance. You heard me right. Five million. And there are no indications that number will decrease any time soon. But it only takes one individual to slip through the cracks, one individual who could do untold damage to our national security by exposing sensitive information about government actions and programs. One individual who, with no motive, with no warning, could kill 12 men and women in a secure government facility on a random Monday morning. Now, we have to get this right because there literally is no margin for error. This hearing will focus on the designation of positions in the Federal Government as sensitive to the national security, as well as the requirement for government personnel to have access to classified information." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Colleen M. Kelly.

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S. Hrg. 113-398
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