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Government Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A stop-work order issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a U.S. contractor conducting the majority of government background checks “could significantly impact the security clearance process,” according to a report from The Washington Post.

The Post reports the stop-work order for government background checks was issued to U.S. Investigations Services Inc. (USIS) on August 6, 2014 and “can remain in place for up to 90 days.” The stop-work order was issued after USIS suffered a data breach that the company said “has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.”

The Post reports the OPM and DHS have shifted the government background checks to other contractors or are conducting the investigations in-house. USIS averaged “about 21,000” background checks per month and “some fear there will inevitably be a growing backlog of cases,” the Post reports.

The Post quoted from a statement from the OPM about shifting work on government background checks: “While this may cause a delay for some investigations as we make the adjustments, we are working to minimize any delays and we remain committed, first and foremost, to the security and quality of our background investigations.”


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