Female senators unite behind security-clearance proposal
The Washington Post and CNN Reports:
A bipartisan team of Senators prepare to introduce legislation to increase scrutiny on background checks for federal employees and contractors, according to a Congressional aide quoted in the Washington Post.
According to the newspaper, the planned legislation was penned by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Heidi Heitcamp (D-N.D.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). Specifically, the plan “would require at least two random audits over a five-year period for every security clearance, according to Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley. Current policy requires follow-up background checks every five, 10 or 15 years, depending on the level of designation.”
The proposal comes after a former civilian defense contractor, with a valid security clearance, went on a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., in September. The employee had a history of arrests and charges of misconduct that were not picked up by the background check, according to CNN.
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