FIS vs NBIB: Has Anything Changed?
Six weeks have passed since the “grand opening” of the new National Background Investigations Bureau that took over from OPM’s Federal Investigative Services, but not a whole lot has changed on the surface except for the new name. In fact, when you compare OPM’s old FIS website to the new NBIB website, it is quite apparent that not a lot of progress has occurred in the transition thus far. I mean, how hard is it to update and transfer the information from the old to the new site so that you have a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about background investigations?
In related news, warnings have surfaced about a new phishing attack that targets OPM security breach victims in order to try to trick them into opening the files in an email purportedly sent to from OPM. If successful, they can then hold your computer files hostage until you agree to pay the ransom through an untraceable exchange using Bitcoin in exchange for the encryption key necessary to unlock your files. Curiously enough, OPM/NBIB itself has not sent out any updated notifications or warnings about this new threat, perhaps wisely trying to stay under the radar while they are in transition.
Although not really clear due to the lack of information coming from the new bureau, it seems like the game plan for many of initiatives that ODNI and OPM rolled out in September has fallen off track. Hopefully the NBIB starts the New Year in a higher gear and starts to crank out the backlog of investigations that continues to frustrate industry, investigators and applicants.