Top Secret Clearance Granted on Fake Background Checks

Nick Fishman

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.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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