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 "National Security Agency":

"… ecurity checks by USIS — those that led to the clearance renewal of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the leaker of tens of thousands of highly sensi …"

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 "Security":

"… d with former senior military and civilian officials including ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, was the 15th fastest growing Security company in 2013 …"

"… s, operations and support. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who chairs the Homeland Security’s financial and contracting oversight subcommittee and who requested the …"

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 "St. Petersburg":

"… Service, which interviewed Geisel on Aug. 1, the same day Obama arrived in St. Petersburg to campaign. Geisel was arrested the next day, and charged with making thr …"