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The Offices of the Inspectors General (OIGs) for the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Commerce, Energy, and the Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), assessed the implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) for Calendar Years 2017 and 2018 (Unclassified Report AUD-2019-005-U). The objective of the assessment was to review the actions taken over the prior, most recent, two-year period to carry out the requirements of CISA.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) recently completed a review by its Inspections and Evaluations Division of the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing authorities, policies, and processes applicable to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI’s) oversight of Intelligence Community (IC) Major System Acquisitions (MSA) cybersecurity risks (INS-2019-003).

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) recently announced that it will conduct an evaluation of Intelligence Community (IC) implementation of security clearance reciprocity (INS-2020-001). The evaluation will include the following Intelligence Community elements:

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of State
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • National Security Agency
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Security clearance reciprocity is a key element of security clearance reform. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), as the Security Executive Agent, is responsible for ensuring reciprocal recognition of eligibility for access to classified information among Executive Branch agencies.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) and the National Security Agency Office of Inspector General recently announced that they will participate in a joint review of management and intelligence oversight at the Intelligence Community Advanced Campaign Cell.

 

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) established the Intelligence Community Advanced Campaign Cell (IC ACC) in 2014. The IC ACC develops and applies innovative analytic and collection methods, technology, and tradecraft techniques that integrate multiple intelligence disciplines in support of IC efforts against the hardest problems.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) recently announced that it will audit the integrity and use of the security clearance data reported by selected Intelligence Community elements to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (AUD-2020-001). The audit will include the following Intelligence Community elements:

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of State
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • National Security Agency
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The length of time to process security clearances has been a longstanding concern of Congress, industry, candidates for hire, and Intelligence Community elements that require cleared personnel to accomplish their missions. The Director of National Intelligence, as the Security Executive Agent, is responsible for assuring the quality, timeliness, consistency, and integrity of national security vetting practices. Data concerning security clearance processing timeliness are used to inform decisions made by the Security Executive Agent and are integral to managing an efficient security clearance process.

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In his message presenting the Semiannual Report, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Michael K. Atkinson, highlighted the multi-faceted work of Inspectors General and their responsibilities and opportunities to be positive forces for change in the U.S. government. The primary role of Inspectors General is to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuses of authority relating to the programs and activities they oversee. An abuse of authority can take many forms, and Inspectors General are empowered, by law, to review and investigate such abuses of authority, from the minor to the more serious. In the most egregious matters, abuses of authority may involve an intentional violation of the law. In those most egregious matters, Inspector General Atkinson expressed the view that Inspectors General are among our nation’s “first responders,” who act swiftly and appropriately when – through audits, investigations, inspections, or reviews – possible wrongdoing is revealed.