Pentagon appointed to oversee federal security checks

US President Donald Trump (L) greets US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (C) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dun...

US President Donald Trump (L) greets US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (C) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (R) before speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 28, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
The Pentagon has reportedly been appointed to oversee security checks at the US federal government.
All background investigations for military and civilian employees and contractors will consequently be done by the Defense Department, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
The responsibility for the checks will be transferred from the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Pentagon, a process currently underway that will take some three years to finish.
“Pentagon officials said that over the next three years, the Defense Department will take responsibility for all background investigations involving its military and civilian employees and contractors. But according to a US official, the White House is expected to soon give the department authority to conduct security reviews for nearly all other government agencies as well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the decision before it was publicly announced,” read the report.
The White House is also expected to provide the Pentagon with the authority required to carry out security checks for all government agencies.
The move originates from weak points of the security system, exposed when a Navy contractor killed a dozen people at Washington’s Navy Yard in 2013.
It also aims to fix the dense backlog of people waiting for clearance.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
One victim of the backlog was allegedly US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who was not given permanent security clearance until 16 months after Trump took office.
Kushner’s large financial wealth was stated as one reason for the delay as it required more extensive review.

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