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Feb 12, 2014

Tester’s security clearance reform bill is law

(U.S. SENATE) - Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the President signed his Security Clearance Oversight Reform (SCORE) Act into law. Tester's bipartisan bill becomes law days after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a formal complaint alleging that USIS, the company that handled the background check on Edward Snowden, failed to properly complete more than 660,000 investigations of individuals seeking security clearances:

"Whether it's Edward Snowden or Washington's Navy Yard shooter, we've seen the dangers of folks playing fast and loose with the security clearance process. When companies put profit ahead of national security, Americans' safety is threatened. This law will empower watchdogs to take action to make our nation more secure and our government more efficient. It's a common-sense law that saves taxpayer dollars and makes Americans safer."

Tester's bill allows the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to use resources from the agency's $2 billion Revolving Fund to more thoroughly investigate cases where the integrity of the background check process may have been compromised. Current law blocks OPM from using the funds to investigate the background check process.

Tester originally introduced the SCORE Act after Edward Snowden, a former government contractor, publicly revealed classified information in June. The bill stems from hearings Tester held in his Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce.

The bill passed the Senate in October and the House of Representatives in January. Because of a minor difference between the two bills, the Senate passed it again at the end of January.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

14 Third Street E, Suite 230
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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