The Pentagon has reportedly been appointed to oversee security checks at the US federal government.
All background investigations for military and civilian employees and contractors will consequently be done by the Defense Department, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
The responsibility for the checks will be transferred from the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Pentagon, a process currently underway that will take some three years to finish.
“Pentagon officials said that over the next three years, the Defense Department will take responsibility for all background investigations involving its military and civilian employees and contractors. But according to a US official, the White House is expected to soon give the department authority to conduct security reviews for nearly all other government agencies as well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the decision before it was publicly announced,” read…