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house Bill H.R. 2860

Tightening Security Clearances, Post-Snowden

Argument in favor

Tightens the security clearance process and provides greater accountability and oversight of federal employees.

Argument opposed

The government should be able to ensure the quality of its background checks without this legislation.

What is House Bill H.R. 2860?

Improves oversight of the security clearance process, calls for the government to fire background check investigators and suspend others - including contractors - who falsify reports, and forces the government to update its policy determining which positions require a security clearance. The bipartisan bill is a product of a 2013 joint Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing that revealed that the contractor who conducted Edward Snowden's background check is under investigation. President Obama signed this Act into law on 2/12/14. 


If enacted, the bill would likely make it harder for whistleblowers with red flags in their background checks to attain government positions.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2860

$13.00 Million
Based on information from the Office of Personnel Management's Office of the Inspector General, the CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would enable the Inspector General to begin auditing the OPM Revolving Fund at a cost of $13 million over the 2014-2018 period.



Official Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management may use amounts in the revolving fund of the Office to fund audits, investigations, and oversight activities, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • EnactedFebruary 12th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed January 29th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed January 14th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 418 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJuly 30th, 2013

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