Gov’t Background Checks Should Be More Secure: GAO

Law360, New York (October 11, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management division in charge of completing background checks on government employees should do more to ensure the information it collects remains private, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found.

The GAO's audit, released Thursday, recommends that the OPM’s Federal Investigative Service create guidelines for agency officials to assess how at-risk applicants’ personal information is and that the agency create strategies to mitigate that risk.

The audit also recommends periodic reviews to ensure FIS investigators are adhering to privacy-impact assessments already in...
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