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senate Bill S. 434

Should Cheating on a Background Check Disqualify a Person From Federal Employment?

Argument in favor

Security clearances and privileged government information is only as secure as the background checks screening the people who can access them. This bill makes the process more secure.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/17/2016
Yeah, cheating on a background check should disqualify a person from federal employment, just as Hillary's use of a private server to conduct State Department business AND her deletion of thousands of emails AND repeatedly lying to COVER UP the fact that she used an INSECURE server and exposed CLASSIFIED emails to possible hacking by America's enemies should disqualify HER from the position of President of the United States of America! I believe Director Comey called it extreme negligence, but I call it a high crime worthy of a prison sentence! SO WHY DO LAWS APPLY TO EVERYONE EXCEPT THE CLINTONS, THE OBAMAS, AND MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION??? Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama make Richard Nixon look like a SAINT!
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Steve's Opinion
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09/17/2016
And it doesn't already??!!!?? All of a sudden, a new law is needed??
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Jim's Opinion
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09/17/2016
Why is there even a question about this?
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Argument opposed

The people who’ve risen through the ranks of a federal agency to a position enabling them to conduct background checks can be trusted not to falsify information.

Peter's Opinion
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09/17/2016
"Have you ever smoked pot?" "No" "what about that one time in college, you lied, you can't work in a federal job anymore, but if you said yes, you also couldn't work". The problem is that background checks are still made by prudes and don't hold up in today's climate. It means if you've done something in your 20s you can't get a job in your 50s... that's insane, feel free to lie.
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Kenneth's Opinion
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09/19/2016
If you going to do that to federal employees, you need to do that to the congress and senators.
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Whardy51's Opinion
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09/18/2016
It's already illegal to lie on a background check. This bill should authorize more funding for more extensive background investigations but since that involves spending money on something that makes sense, it's not going to happen.
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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 November 17th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. 434?

This bill would make people who have attempted to falsify information used in background checks ineligible to be federal employees, thus protecting government information which requires a security clearance. A person who attempts to falsify such information would be prohibited from continuing to occupy a position that requires the performance of background checks, or would be prevented from obtaining such a position.

These penalties would be extended to contractors or subcontractors who perform background checks for the federal government. In the event that a contractor engages in misconduct affecting a background check, the information must be disclosed within 24 hours to the federal agency and an investigation would begin.

The President and the Administration would be required to provide an annual report to Congress that details the number of people deemed unfit for federal employment or work as federal contractors. Policies related to the sensitivity of jobs requiring background checks, and whether the background check is sufficient for the nature of the job would be reviewed at least every five years.

Impact

Current and prospective federal employees, or contractors that require background checks, federal agencies, Congress, the President.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 434

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), summed up the bill’s purpose by saying that:
“Folks with security clearances have access to our nation’s most sensitive information, and that’s why folks who conduct clearance investigations need to be held to the highest standards.”

A similar version of this bill passed the Senate by voice vote in December 2014, but it did not receive a vote in the House before the 113th Congress concluded.


Of Note: The federal background check process was brought into the spotlight after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis were both revealed to have passed their background checks to access secure information and facilities, respectively.

Incidentally, the same company that provided Aaron Alexis with his security clearance also was responsible for the follow-up investigation on Edward Snowden.

According to a report by the Department of Defense, 70 percent of U.S. naval bases provided felons clearance to access base facilities.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: National Archives / Creative Commons)

AKA

Security Clearance Accountability, Reform, and Enhancement Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to strengthen the accountability of individuals involved in misconduct affecting the integrity of background investigations, to update guidelines for security clearances, to prevent conflicts of interest relating to contractors providing background investigation fieldwork services and investigative support services, and for other purposes.

    Yeah, cheating on a background check should disqualify a person from federal employment, just as Hillary's use of a private server to conduct State Department business AND her deletion of thousands of emails AND repeatedly lying to COVER UP the fact that she used an INSECURE server and exposed CLASSIFIED emails to possible hacking by America's enemies should disqualify HER from the position of President of the United States of America! I believe Director Comey called it extreme negligence, but I call it a high crime worthy of a prison sentence! SO WHY DO LAWS APPLY TO EVERYONE EXCEPT THE CLINTONS, THE OBAMAS, AND MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION??? Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama make Richard Nixon look like a SAINT!
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    "Have you ever smoked pot?" "No" "what about that one time in college, you lied, you can't work in a federal job anymore, but if you said yes, you also couldn't work". The problem is that background checks are still made by prudes and don't hold up in today's climate. It means if you've done something in your 20s you can't get a job in your 50s... that's insane, feel free to lie.
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    And it doesn't already??!!!?? All of a sudden, a new law is needed??
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    Why is there even a question about this?
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    Proven falsification of information or misconduct involving same should be an employment disqualification.
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    Security clearances are serious, and those who seek or have them should be held to the highest standard of honesty.
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    If you going to do that to federal employees, you need to do that to the congress and senators.
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    Hell yes. Oh the complications of crime.
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    That is a no brainier. You lie on any part of an important application for the government or any agency. You're out. Period!
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    Working in government presents enough moral hazards as it is. No need to invite more by going soft on moral turpitude. What else will they falsify? What else will they corrupt?
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    Such dishonesty should disqualify any potential public employees. Cheating is seldom a one time event.
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    It already does. Dept of Defense Manuals already half the security processing once lying or fraud is determined to have taken place.
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    It's already illegal to lie on a background check. This bill should authorize more funding for more extensive background investigations but since that involves spending money on something that makes sense, it's not going to happen.
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    If the will cheat or falsify background information, then they cannot be trusted and should be barred from employment.
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    Why is this even a question? Cheating on a background check is advertising that you are deceitful and can't be trusted.
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    If your going to be a federal employee then you need to be honest in your background checks we have enough cheating going on in Congress we don't need federal employees outside of them to be honest!!
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    Why is this even a question? Who would want to hire a liar and a cheat? Then again, people will vote for Clinton.
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    Seriously, congress? This bill is another no-brained time-waster. Anyone who lies on their employment application or background check obviously should not be hired. America needs judges, a budget, immigration and criminal justice reform, Zika funding....
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    BUT.......,since cheating is allowed by Obama, Hillary, the FBI and many in Congress...,,WHY NOT !! What kind of examples are they teaching U. S. "Citizens" !
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    This would be true for any job.
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