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Issa, Cummings Feud Over Investigation Into Navy Yard Security Clearances

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Cummings, left, and Issa clashed in a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about last year’s Navy Yard shooting.

The answer is “no,” but the OPM is reviewing new policies that might allow for searching social media or the Internet.

Issa said the contractors would be getting more scrutiny but also pointed out the strengths of federal contract work. Contractors can be hired and fired at will, without the merit system protections of the federal bureaucracy.

Becca Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Republican majority, rejected the Democratic accusation that the GOP report is incomplete.

“The Minority only sent the material that they wanted to include on Sunday night and — much like the excuse making we have seen on the roll out of HealthCare.gov — it did not place an appropriate factual emphasis on OPM management responsibility for poor contractor performance,” Watkins said in an email to CQ Roll Call.

She said the GOP report includes a full section on contractor quality, but “the Committee has found no evidence that the quality assurance review process played a role in granting Aaron Alexis a security clearance.”

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