On Friday, the White House announced, after a 90 day suitability study, that background checks and security clearances for federal employees and federal contractors will be handled by a newly created agency. The new National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) was formed with new security measures to protect the sensitive information submitted (think: response to big OPM hack in which data was accessed by cyber thieves).
The NBIB will eventually take over/absorb the Federal Investigative Services, which now does about 95 percent of federal background checks. The NBIB will report to the OPM and the President will request close to $100 Million to support this agency in his 2017 budget.
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