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*** The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its insider threat program to go beyond scrutinizing individual with access to classified materials to encompass "all those with past or current access to DHS facilities, information, equipment, networks, or systems" according to a Privacy Impact Assessment dated June 16.

The insider threat program is expanding data collection to include employment and performance information, personnel files, clearance status and more. DHS is changing the policy because it has identified a new category of insider threat outside the classified environment.

"Threats faced include those posed by insiders with and without security clearances engaging in activities that have no nexus to unauthorized disclosure of classified information," the document states, but does not specify what those activities might include.

*** According to a June 19 oversight report, the General Services Administration isn't adding suspended and debarred vendors to exclusions lists in acquisition systems including eBuy, eLibrary and GSA Advantage! Consequently, the report from GSA's Office of Inspector General states, federal agencies are able to award new contracts and new task to ineligible contractors. GSA CIO David Shive said in reply comments that the problem was identified and corrective actions have been developed.

Posted on Jun 22, 2020 at 2:06 AM


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