This Week at OPM
According to the OPM Operational Goal Status for 2008, the following security investigation/clearance actions were scheduled to be completed on March 17, 2008:
1. Develop a tiered investigative efficiency model for suitability and security clearance investigations.
2. Develop requirements for expansion of Clearance Verification System as a single search system to increase utility of the data system across Government.
3. Explore alternatives for continuous monitoring of persons in positions of trust, assess potential regulation changes, and propose FAR language to GSA for continuous monitoring of contractors.
4. Assess and recommend Executive Order language to extend suitability to excepted service employees and contractors with staff-like duties.
5. Develop policy for reciprocity of all suitability decisions at any level of investigations.
6. Develop policy for reciprocity of all suitability investigations at any level of a tiered investigative model.
It seems odd that OPM is busy considering changes (items 1, 2, and 3) to the existing clearance system when the existing system may be scrapped in its entirety within the next 12 months and replaced by a new system currently being designed by DOD and DNI.Â The time to develop these changes was last fall when DOD and DNI asked for recommendations.Â Items 4, 5, and 6 appear to be in direct response to the President’s 5 February 2008 memo on Security Clearances and its new mandate to integrate suitability and security clearance processing (something DOD and DNI should have seen the need for last fall).