Senate Bill Aims To Toughen Contractor Background Checks

Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 4:24 PM EST) -- Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced a bill preventing security clearance contractors from reviewing and approving their own background checks, following allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that contractor U.S. Investigative Services LLC skimped on its work in order to get paid.

Under the Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and Mark Begich, D-Alaska; the Office of Personnel Management would make permanent its recent decision to conduct background check reviews.

"Letting federal contractors review their own...
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