The short story is, Federal employees submitted forms saying they conducted interviews or verified official documents, when they didn’t. Background checks used to be conducted only by the FBI, but those investigations have been outsourced to the Office of Personnel and Management – bureaucrats are doing our background checks.
Overall, court records reviewed by The Washington Times show at least 170 confirmed falsifications of interviews or record checks and more than 1,000 others that couldn’t be verified. The background investigators, whose work helps determine who gets top-secret security clearance, were submitting forms saying they conducted interviews or verified official documents when they never did.
“The monetary loss sustained by the government does not, nor cannot, represent the cost associated with potential compromise of our nation’s security and the trust of the American people in its government’s workforce,” Kathy L. Dillaman, associate director in charge of investigations at the Office of Personnel Management, wrote in a victim-impact statement for a recent court case involving a convicted investigator…
A convicted former government background investigator, Thomas Fitzgerald, RECEIVED A 90 DAYS SENTENCE, from a Washington U.S. Attorney, for falsifying twenty-four investigative reports. Read currently pending cases here.