Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Security":

"… hecks by USIS — those that led to the clearance renewal of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the leaker of tens of thousands of highl …"

"… temporarily due to the government shutdown — by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, at which top officials from OPM, the O …"

"… his summer, Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, a committee member, introduced the Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act, which, among various refor …"

"… in March 2005 to 9,421 in January 2008, according to a 2008 report by the Security Clearance Oversight Group, which includes officials from OPM and OMB. Most …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… ccess without first going through a background check, even though Navy and White House regulations require such checks be completed beforehand. Known as Rapidga …"

"… tive security information accessed by contractors such as Edward Snowden. White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press briefing Sept. 17 that Presiden …"

"… tandards with OMB and the Director of National Intelligence. Already, the White House — through OMB — requires a background check be done for before providi …"

TSA cannot guarantee accuracy of 900,000 airport security badges

By Alexandra Duszak

More than 10 percent of TSA badges have errors

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ppropriated.    Using one of those federal grants, the state of New Jersey expects to have a fully automated records system up and running next year …"