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senate Bill S. 1276

Tightening Security Clearances, Post-Snowden

Argument in favor

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

Argument opposed

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

What is Senate Bill S. 1276?

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

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1276

$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.

More Information

Major Issues: National Defense; Homeland Security 


Senator McCaskill (D-MO) Press Release


Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act

Official Title

A bill to increase oversight of the Revolving Fund of the Office of Personnel Management.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed October 10th, 2013
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJuly 10th, 2013

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