Proposals under consideration in several legislatures would limit state interaction with firms assisting warrantless data collection.
Readers weigh in with real-life experience from both sides of the vetting process.
The retiring chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said he was “concerned any change of our current framework will harm both national security and privacy.”
Many of the proposed solutions rely on the use of IT – automation, continuous evaluation and shared data banks between agencies.
In the wake of the Snowden affair, Americans are growing more reluctant to hand over personal information to the government, which hurts legitimate data collection and could drive up costs.
President has still not addressed compromised security standards, cryptographers warn.
The recommendations would represent a more decisive step than reform efforts outlined by the president earlier this week.
Among the background checks performed by USIS were those on intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.
The former Pentagon chief decried Obama administration leaks and privacy advocates who downplay the need for security.
In response to a letter from a senator, the spy agency detailed its surveillance efforts without directly addressing whether it was collecting data on lawmakers.
Three key issues – acquisition, China sourcing and surveillance are likely to dominate the IT landscape in Congress.
The 300-page report is aimed at balancing national security concerns with protections for privacy and civil liberties.