Oversight calls for administration docs on security clearance overhaul

Oversight calls for administration docs on security clearance overhaul
© Aaron Schwartz

The House Oversight Committee on Monday requested that Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper hand over by July 8 documents and communications related to Trump administration changes to the security clearance process.

The House panel requested the documents following President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE’s April 24 executive order reclassifying background investigations from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the newly created Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, with the transition required to be complete by September 30.

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This transition, the letter notes, will reportedly require the transfer of about 10,000 employees and contractors associated with the OPM’s National Background Investigation Bureau as well as the transfer of the National Background Investigations Bureau's existing contracts.

“Troubling reports have emerged that the transfer may not be on track,” the letter states. “Moreover, there is concern that the transfer will not occur within the necessary timeframe.”

The committee’s letter requests all documents referring or relating to the transition, as well as a list of all entities involved in the transition and all documents relating to justifications for the transfer or the estimated costs.

The House panel requested similar documentation from the head of the OPM.