In a letter to Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., they write, “Congress owes it to the dedicated civil servants who were slain in the line of service to redouble its efforts to safeguard the dedicated men and women of our civil service.”
The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee weighed in on their oversight responsibility in the wake of the Navy Yard incident.
“In particular, our committee needs to take a closer look at the background check process for individuals applying for security clearances, whether they are contractors or federal employees, and we need to examine what the oversight process is once an individual obtains a security clearance,” Carper said. “We also want to look at the process for gaining access privileges to secure facilities, such as the Navy Yard.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.