After the recent hacks at the Office of Personnel Management, the defense department has now advised it was establishing a new government wide office to handle background investigations.
As written by Cory Bennett for The Hill:
The Defense Department will now secure the millions of background check forms that were exposed this summer during the hacks at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The change was revealed Friday as part of a broad overhaul of the security clearance process.
The Obama administration on Friday said it would establish a new government-wide office, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), to handle background investigations for almost the entire federal government. But the DOD will design, build, secure and operate the NBIB’s entire information technology system, the administration said.
“This approach will leverage DOD’s significant national security, IT and cybersecurity expertise, incorporating security into the fundamental design of the systems, strengthening the security of the data environment, and providing robust privacy protections,” said an OPM release.
The president will earmark an additional $95 million in his 2017 budget request to pay for the upgraded IT system, according to the agency