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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:45 AM

Defense Department to take over background investigations for federal government

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order transferring responsibility for conducting background checks from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Defense Department.

"The primary responsibility for conducting background investigations Government-wide be transferred from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense (DoD)," the order said, citing "needed reforms" as part of the reason for the change.

Under the order, the department will change the name of the the Defense Security Service (DSS) to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). The DCSA will be the primary agency charged with conducting background checks for the federal government.

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"This executive order reflects the administration's commitment to reform the personnel vetting enterprise to ensure a trusted federal workforce and achieve an efficient, effective, and secure operation that meets all government-wide needs for background investigations," the Defense Department said in a statement.

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Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/440658-defense-department-to-take-over-background-investigations-for-federal



Anyone trust the admin's reasons for doing this?

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Reply Defense Department to take over background investigations for federal government (Original post)
highplainsdem Apr 2019 OP
Phoenix61 Apr 2019 #1
Freethinker65 Apr 2019 #2
William Seger Apr 2019 #3
TreasonousBastard Apr 2019 #4
ArizonaLib Apr 2019 #5
lagomorph777 Apr 2019 #19
Justice Apr 2019 #6
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #7
BumRushDaShow Apr 2019 #9
not fooled Apr 2019 #8
RicROC Apr 2019 #10
jiminvegas Apr 2019 #11
truthisfreedom Apr 2019 #17
Firestorm49 Apr 2019 #12
jmowreader Apr 2019 #13
icymist Apr 2019 #14
Stonepounder Apr 2019 #15
idahoblue Apr 2019 #16
neohippie Apr 2019 #18

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:47 AM

1. No, not one teeny, tiny bit. Nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:49 AM

2. Weeding out those not loyal to Trump?

Making requests for more money for defense department that Trump can use as his slush fund?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:50 AM

3. Preparing to restock his adminstration with grifters, I'd guess

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:59 AM

4. Gets him one step further away from Congressional oversight of...

hiring and security clearance practices.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:02 PM

5. The Defense Department by default can cite national security as excuse to hide records

The OPM can't, usually. This allows for much more secrecy, much more difficulty to obtain FOIA records for the public, and reductions in funding/easier to circumvent control procedures - like those under scrutiny for Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and the others. More dismantling of the administrative state.

Dems need to pass LAWS reforming the process, not just leaving it up to Republican administrations to do whatever they want. If Dems/Libs don't want republican administrations gutting regulations, regulations must be made into legislation and passed as laws.

Please call your congress person!

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 10:24 AM

19. +1 "Dems need to pass LAWS reforming the process"

Trump is definitely up to something here. Something extremely dangerous.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:07 PM

6. What happens to Tricia Newbold and other rank and file at OPM who did this work?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:10 PM

7. OPM had hired a contractor to do the work.

The background checks were not being done in-house.

IIRC, there had been some slip-ups.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:43 PM

9. Damn. Beat me to it.

I was just gonna say that much of that is contracted out. I know because I think around 2010 or so, I had to re-up and login and use eQip to update (they were so backlogged in the '80s and '90s that they blew past the 10-year and then a 15 year, but they finally had a contract guy come to my office to do the interview).

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:29 PM

8. What do you want to bet

that at some point the background investigations get linked up with i360, the massive database the 666kook666 brothers have amassed on almost every American of voting age. i360 includes extensive information on voting behavior and political affiliation harvested from online activities.

So, people who e.g. are registered Democrats and frequent DU could be deemed ineligible to be Federal workers.

It's coming if red don remains in office.

This is a fascist country.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:22 PM

10. War Department

Let's go back to the old name because it more precisely defines the function of that department.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:47 PM

11. Now make it retroactive and revet everyone.

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Response to jiminvegas (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 12:43 AM

17. this, right here. Right now.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:08 PM

12. With that pack of slippery rodents, you know there is an ulterior motive .......

And we’ll find out more about it when they start rounding up “subversives”. (Just kidding, of course)

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:01 PM

13. If Trump wasn't involved, I'd say this is a pretty good move

Except for the Department of Energy and the intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense probably has more cleared people than the rest of the government put together. Hence, giving the Army the authority to clear the relatively small number of classified-information-using employees in the rest of the government isn't all that bad of an idea.

Donald Trump, however, has nefarious intent here. You know he does.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:52 PM

14. Just in time for the 2020 Census!

I wonder if loyalty to party (Rump) will be an interview question.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:07 PM

15. And don't forget that the pResident is the Commander in Chief of the DOD,

so all he has to say is "Give this guy a Top Secret Clearance and don't bother vetting him, he's the guy I want. And, as this would be a lawful order, the DOD would have to comply.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:49 PM

16. Every seasonal worker needs a background check

The are already way behind, summer workers should be starting in May. They used to be able to work while the security check is pending but no more.
I am talking about trail crew, not anything to do with national security.

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