A minor billing dispute between the Pentagon and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is threatening operations throughout the U.S. national security community.Remember Back In The Dark Old Days when the Evil Liberals actually believed that the Intelligence Community was suppose to be useful.... and then decided to staff it with Whinners....
Last month, OPM -- which currently handles background investigations and issues security clearances for the defense/intelligence community -- abruptly announced it was shutting down the clearance process for new employees.
First some important background: the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) took over the clearance process last year from the Pentagon, which had made a royal mess of it. The Pentagon agreed to pay OPM a 25 percent premium on top of their costs for investigating and issuing clearances; in return, OPM promised to straighten out the situation.
To make a long story short, GAO investigators found that the Pentagon tried to back out of the deal. They don't name him directly, but they indicate that Stephen Cambone, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, decided he didn't want to pay the 25 percent premium, and told OPM to stick it.
OPM pointed to the contract. Cambone went crying to the White House, asking for the Office of Management and Budget to intervene (in his favor, we can safely assume). OMB told the two to go back outside, play nice and figure it out on their own.
[ cf MuckRakers: Dingbat Billing Dust-up Shuts Down Security Clearances ]
Ah yes.... At this rate, will we finally be able to suck in the DOD along the way and just have them all go through Miroku's wind tunnel into oblivion, as the DOD expands its control over the Intelligence community!