Anthony J. Domico, a former contractor hired to check the backgrounds of U.S. government workers filed a 2006 report in which he claimed to interview an individual that had been dead for 10 years, according to an article recently published in Business Week.
In the Bloomberg Businessweek report, Domico is among 20 investigators who have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of falsifying such reports since 2006. Half of them worked for companies such as Altegrity Inc., which performed a background check on national-security contractor Edward Snowden.
In one case, Kayla M. Smith, a former investigative specialist for USIS, submitted some 1,600 falsified credit reports, according to the inspector general’s office.
“The process for granting security clearances across the federal government is broken,” Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the top Republican on a Senate panel overseeing government contracting, said in an e-mail.
Passing a government background check is a requirement before an employee or contractor can be granted a security clearance to access classified information. As a result of reports concerning falsified background checks, a bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation – the Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act – to increase oversight as to how the United States government conducts background investigations and awards security clearances.
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posted by Will Russell