Changes pursued in US security clearance system
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, employees of the Washington Navy Yard line up to enter through a gate two days after a gunman killed twelve people and was killed himself inside. A new report says contract guards who protect federal facilities are receiving uneven training on responding to shootings like the one last month at the Washington Navy Yard. The report was released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. A summary of the report was presented at a House subcommittee hearing on securing federal facilities. The report says officials at five guard companies said their guards had not received training on what to do when a gunman is opening fire. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say they are retooling aspects of the nation's security clearance system, including the process of re-evaluating the behavior of employees and contractors who have access to sensitive information, according to testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday.
The hearing Thursday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is to examine the adequacy of background checks and the security clearance system for federal employees and contract workers. It comes as officials investigate how Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old defense contractor, was able to acquire and maintain a secret clearance despite a series of violent outbursts, repeated brushes with the law and concerns about his mental health.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am.