Pentagon to take over security clearance checks

WASHINGTON – The Defense Ministry is ready to take over background investigations for the federal government. Officials say that the department will use increased automation and high-tech analysis to strengthen controls and combat of the huge backlog of employees waiting for security clearances.

The amendment is designed to restore a system whose weaknesses were exposed by the case of a Navy contractor who shot a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013. He was able to maintain a declaration of no objection, despite concerns about his mental health and an arrest that the researchers never looked at.

Problems previously surfaced with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid the costs for the disclosure of secret documents, and the Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who went to jail for the leak of confidential documents.

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