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Federal Employees News Digest : July 22, 2013
FedCentral YOUR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RESOURCE • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! VISIT FEDCENTRAL NOW! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx FEND-fedcentral-hpa.indd 1 6/18/13 11:38 AM continued on page 8 July 22, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 1 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com many federal employees into the unwel- come position of not being able to pay for their most basic needs.” FEEA said $103,000 raised in May from about 600 individual donations, as well as matching grants from a number of insur- ance companies, has already been paid out to feds. The group said donations “are still urgently needed” to make sure all qualified applicants receive the help they need. To see more, go to: http://www.feea.org/ programs/emergency-assistance. Bill would improve security clearance process Four senators are backing bipartisan legislation to improve oversight of federal background investigations and security clearances in the wake of the national secu- rity breach involving contract employee Edward Snowden. The Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act (SCORE)— introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and cosponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)—would ramp up over- sight of the security clearance process, and require the government to fire or suspend federal and contract background-check investigators who falsify investigation reports. The bill also would require the gov- ernment to update its policies for deciding which positions require security clearances “Recent events force us to take a close look at what the federal government is doing in the name of national security and how well we are protecting classified information,” said Tester, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. “This bill gives investigators the tools they need to hold folks accountable and protect our national security.” The legislation comes after a joint Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing last month found that the federal contractor that conduct- ed Snowden’s background check is under investigation. The hearing also revealed a lack of oversight and information-sharing in the protection of classified information. Among other things, Tester’s bill would give the Office of Personnel Management authority to audit and investigate contrac- tors that conduct background checks, and require OPM to terminate or debar inves- tigators and others found to have falsified investigations. “Private contractors are doing a huge bulk of these background checks,” said McCaskill, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight. “And it’s nothing short of a national security threat if they’re not conducting those checks with the care and attention needed.” To see more, go to: www.tester.senate. gov/?p=press_release&id=3002. Obama calls for increased national service and volunteerism President Obama last week released a memorandum outlining the establish- ment of a task force to work on expanding continued from page 4
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