The OPM has tightened insider threat controls in the wake of an IG audit and those issues are now considered resolved, a report has said.
The review found that overall OPM was in compliance with the policies and standards of the 2012 White House memo titled National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards, although it did find several flaws initially.
Those included: that OPM’s Office of Security Services did not have a process in place for insider threat personnel to verify that all cleared employees are meeting the training requirements; that the office did not have a process in place to ensure that cleared employees submit their employee foreign travel questionnaire in a timely manner upon their return from foreign travel; and that the performance standards of senior officials did not reflect their insider threat responsibilities.
Under the memo and follow-up guidance, agencies must have programs to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by their personnel cleared to handle classified information who may present a threat to national security through potential espionage, violent acts against the government or the nation, or unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
OPM has about 2,000 in-house and contractor employees with clearances of secret or above, the report said.