OPM extends deadline for background data

The Office of Personnel Management is giving agencies 15 extra days to submit a report on the actions they are taking to improve their reporting about personnel and security clearance reviews.

In a memo yesterday to agency heads, OPM director Kay Coles James said agencies have not fully complied with the initial July 9 request. (Click for July 10 GCN coverage)

'Preliminary assessments of agency compliance are not satisfactory,' James said. 'The completion of the personnel background investigation process is an essential element in ensuring that all federal employees meet suitability standards for their positions.'

OPM gave agencies 60 days to file a report reviewing all investigations to determine whether an adjudicative action was taken and all actions taken that were not already reported.

James said OPM will start conducting selected oversight reviews of agency personnel background investigation programs after the extra time has expired.

Once all the data is collected, OPM will send a report to the House Government Reform and Senate Governmental Affairs committees, James said.

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