DOD Finds Holes In NSA's Security Clearance Handling

Law360, New York (April 17, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT) -- A new U.S. Department of Defense inspector general's report roundly criticized four DOD intelligence agencies over weaknesses in their handling of contractor securities clearances, finding deficiencies in the agencies' policies, record keeping and information sharing.

The report, published Thursday, examined security clearance policies at the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and National Security Agency, after a previous investigation found persistent weaknesses in the way the four agencies handled suspension and debarment of contractors.

The DOD's inspector general found in September 2012 that none of the four agencies had ever debarred a contractor or contractor employee, and only...

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