Dozens at White House lack permanent security clearances

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    Feb 09, 2018 5:42 PM GMT
    Looks like Rob Porter was just the tip of the iceberg. It suggests that Trump is not very adept at hiring the best people (which we kinda knew already).

    Dozens of White House employees are awaiting permanent security clearances and have been working for months with temporary approvals to handle sensitive information while the FBI continues to probe their backgrounds, according to U.S. officials.

    People familiar with the security-clearance process said one of those White House officials with an interim approval is Jared Kushner — the president’s son-in-law and one of his most influential advisers.

    The issue of clearances has become a major area of concern since White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after allegations surfaced that he had been violent toward his two ex-wives — accusations he has denied.

    Security-clearance investigations aim to determine whether individuals pose a risk of revealing sensitive government information, based on a variety of factors, including their loyalty to the country, potential foreign influences in their lives or problems of a sexual, criminal, financial or psychological nature.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dozens-at-white-house-lack-permanent-security-clearances/2018/02/08/50e3cfd6-0d15-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html
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    Feb 09, 2018 7:50 PM GMT
    It was once the responsibility of the Office of Personnel Management to handle all security clearance investigations, paperwork and issuing all clearance levels. The DrumpfTard take over of these government agencies literally has wiped out many 'responsibilities', OPM website used to have a complete section regarding security clearances, no doubt the criminals that now control our government, like many other issues, have corrupted and or misused the OPM system as well, there are a bunch of dead links now icon_confused.gif

    https://www.opm.gov/about-us/

    I don't see the newly created National Background Investigation Bureau on OPM website, here is the external link
    https://nbib.opm.gov/

    The entire security clearance process has been changed after the OPM data hack, how could any of us who've had clearances forget this https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/09/hack-of-security-clearance-system-affected-21-5-million-people-federal-authorities-say/?utm_term=.7cb2cc4a8205



    The OPM data breach 2 years on: What government agencies must do now
    https://www.csoonline.com/article/3201041/data-breach/the-opm-data-breach-2-years-on-what-government-agencies-must-do-now.html

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach in June 2015 was a big wake up call to our federal government, and, in its wake, a number of initiatives were launched to improve the government's cybersecurity posture. Despite several concrete improvements, progress has stalled in some areas, as demonstrated by a series of assessments conducted since the breach occurred.

    The lack of accountability at the top of the organization was the number one lesson of the OPM breach, says Anthony Dagostino, global head of cyber risk at London-based Willis Towers Watson. Dagostino is an active member of the FBI’s Infragard program and is also involved with various working groups at the Department of Treasury, Department of Homeland Security and the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump have directly addressed this issue in their cybersecurity executive orders, he says. "The executive orders really hold the executive department heads and agency heads responsible for cyber risk management and cybersecurity, instead of the IT department," he says. Trump's executive order was signed in March, and includes a number of measures designed to strengthen cybersecurity, including a mandate to use the NIST framework to manage risk.

    "The NIST cybersecurity framework has really taken hold, not just in the government but across the US, and is becoming a de facto standard for looking at and assessing an organization's cybersecurity posture," says Richard Spires, chairman of the board at Resilient Network Systems and former CIO of the Department of Homeland Security.

    "I think it sends the right message to agencies about how important this is," he says. "Obviously, the proof is in actually doing it and carrying it out, but I think these are very positive steps that are being taken."

    Since then, two-factor authentication has been deployed for all users accessing the OPM's new National Background Investigations Bureau, launched last fall to replace the old Federal Investigative Services. In addition, government agencies — and the industry in general — are moving away from having large databases full of passwords or biometric data.

    "The White House made a big push to make sure that OPM and every other agency is using strong authentication everwhere," says Jeremy Grant, managing director for technology, business and strategy at Washington, D.C.-based Venable LLP. Grant headed the national strategy for trusted identity in cyberspace for the Obama administration


    In the fall of 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted its first assessment under the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, which covers cybersecurity as well as other areas of IT. Out of 24 agencies, none received an A, two received Bs, five got Cs, 14 got Ds and three agencies — the Department of Education, the Department of Energy and NASA — received failing grades




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    Feb 09, 2018 7:59 PM GMT
    More fake news.
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    Feb 09, 2018 8:34 PM GMT
    It is surprising that Trump, the illegitimatepotus, pussy grabber could get a security clearance



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    Ex_Mil8 saidLooks like Rob Porter was just the tip of the iceberg. It suggests that Trump is not very adept at hiring the best people (which we kinda knew already).

    Dozens of White House employees are awaiting permanent security clearances and have been working for months with temporary approvals to handle sensitive information while the FBI continues to probe their backgrounds, according to U.S. officials.

    People familiar with the security-clearance process said one of those White House officials with an interim approval is Jared Kushner — the president’s son-in-law and one of his most influential advisers.

    The issue of clearances has become a major area of concern since White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after allegations surfaced that he had been violent toward his two ex-wives — accusations he has denied.

    Security-clearance investigations aim to determine whether individuals pose a risk of revealing sensitive government information, based on a variety of factors, including their loyalty to the country, potential foreign influences in their lives or problems of a sexual, criminal, financial or psychological nature.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dozens-at-white-house-lack-permanent-security-clearances/2018/02/08/50e3cfd6-0d15-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html
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    Feb 09, 2018 9:45 PM GMT
    I hope Kelly gets axed; things have been much too quiet in the White House since he's taken over. I long for the good old days when Trump was constantly reminding everyone what an ass he is.
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    Feb 09, 2018 10:25 PM GMT

    Kelly just another misogynist racist piece of shit




    Lumpyoatmeal saidI hope Kelly gets axed; things have been much too quiet in the White House since he's taken over. I long for the good old days when Trump was constantly reminding everyone what an ass he is.
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    Feb 10, 2018 8:59 PM GMT
    outdoorsmuscleguy saidIt is surprising that Trump, the illegitimatepotus, pussy grabber could get a security clearance


    The president of the United States does not have to "get" a security clearance. It comes with the job. Like it or not, the president has unilateral power to declare things "classified" or "unclassified". He's not the only one with that power, but his word is - forgive the adjective - unimpeachable.

    As everyone who works in the aerospace industry knows, the process for issuing new security clearances has been horribly backlogged for years. It used to be we could interview a college senior and his clearance would be in place by the time he graduated and reported for work. Now, it can take a couple years - and the older you are, the more difficult it's likely to be, because you have a longer background to be checked. Any ties to foreign nationals - whether family or business relationships - also slow down the process.

    There are two reasons for the slowdown: Terrorism, and Ed Snowden. Both of these have resulted in a much more thorough background investigation process than had previously been in place.
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    Feb 10, 2018 10:08 PM GMT
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    outdoorsmuscleguy saidIt is surprising that Trump, the illegitimatepotus, pussy grabber could get a security clearance


    The president of the United States does not have to "get" a security clearance. It comes with the job. Like it or not, the president has unilateral power to declare things "classified" or "unclassified". He's not the only one with that power, but his word is - forgive the adjective - unimpeachable.

    As everyone who works in the aerospace industry knows, the process for issuing new security clearances has been horribly backlogged for years. It used to be we could interview a college senior and his clearance would be in place by the time he graduated and reported for work. Now, it can take a couple years - and the older you are, the more difficult it's likely to be, because you have a longer background to be checked. Any ties to foreign nationals - whether family or business relationships - also slow down the process.

    There are two reasons for the slowdown: Terrorism, and Ed Snowden. Both of these have resulted in a much more thorough background investigation process than had previously been in place.


    There is nothing in the security clearance vetting process that cannot be expedited. You might imagine the vetting process for senior staff in the White House (i.e. one of the most security-sensitive workplaces in the U.S.) of all places, would be fast-tracked . But then, you can also imagine that many Trump appointees present a whole new level of dirt to be dug through in the vetting process. Also, given the senior staff attrition rate in the Trump White House, why bother?