Top Secret Clearance Granted on Fake Background Checks
June 22, 2011
Who’s screening the screeners? This is a question we’ve been asking for many years. Nothing shoots a big gaping hole into a good background screening plan like when the people who are charged with the oversight of the plan decide not to run the background checks.
Such is the case that we are now reading about where background checks were falsified and individuals were granted top-secret government clearance without the checks actually being performed.
According to the Washington Times, “court records show at least 170 confirmed falsifications of interviews or record checks and more than 1,000 others that couldn’t be verified. The background investigators, whose work helps determine who gets top-secret security clearance, were submitting forms saying they conducted interviews or verified official documents when they never did.”
And while the motive for these falsifications was not offered in the article, I chalk it up to pure laziness. Yes, these investigators are being overwhelmed with requests for these clearances, but this is our national security we’re talking about.