DHS Official Flags Mental Health Gap In Background Checks

Law360, Washington (November 13, 2013, 6:23 PM EST) -- A senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official admitted Wednesday that there was a “troubling” gap exempting mental health issues from the agency’s decisions on security clearances for employees and contract workers, but said it was working on measures to fix the issue.

According to Gregory Marshall, the DHS’ chief security officer, he recognized there was a gap in the agency’s suitability adjudication process for security clearances, with an evaluation of mental health not being used in the process. This was troubling, given the allegations of...
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