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Navy Yard Review Suggests DOD Has Handed Out Too Many Security Clearances

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Still, Cummings sees more room for improvement.

He said in a statement that the recommendations “do not go far enough to detect false information submitted by applicants like Aaron Alexis.

“I believe that judging the truthfulness of applicants in subject interviews and for top secret clearances is an inherently governmental function with grave national security implications, and it must be federalized.”

Cummings and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., are co-sponsoring legislation to insource those functions.

The findings also suggest eliminating the periodic review process that currently mandates security clearances be reviewed every 5, 10 or 15 years, and replacing it with a continuous evaluation system. It would screen holders of federal security clearances in real time, with the help of a government-wide information technology strategy. To help make the recommendations suggested, the Obama administration has established a team to coordinate efforts across the federal government.

During the Pentagon press conference, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus reflected on the day, almost exactly six months ago, that he visited building 197 — where 12 Navy civilian and contractor personnel had been slain — and found an “overwhelming” number of employees, including some who were injured during the shooting, already back at work.

Mabus said the “danger posed by an insider threat is insidious.

“In an office building near our nation’s capitol,” he continued, “it’s almost incomprehensible.”

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