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Friday, February 21, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Local Cops Refuse to Cooperate With Federal Employee Background Checks

     Law enforcement agencies in more than 450 jurisdictions, including D.C. police, do not cooperate with investigators conducting security-clearance probes for federal employees, according to a congressional report to be released Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The report…said the millions of records kept by non-cooperative law enforcement agencies could provide vital clues to investigators on the front lines of a system that is facing unprecedented scrutiny. It proposes legislative changes to address lapses identified in the wake of last year's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by a Defense Department contract worker….

     Other major agencies that do not cooperate in security-clearance probes includes the police departments in New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore….The lack of cooperation from law enforcement agencies has stymied the federal security-clearance process for years. In 2009, the Justice Department successfully sued California for failing to disclose full criminal histories to background investigators….

Ernesto Londono, "Report Says Uncooperative Local Police Stymie Federal Background Security Checks," The Washington Post, February 11, 2014 

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