Administration blocks investigation into clearance for Navy Yard shooter


Stephen Dinan
Washington Times
November 21, 2013

Aaron Alexis was arrested by Fort Worth, Texas, police on suspicion of discharging a firearm before he was granted a security clearance.

Suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

The federal agency charged with screening employees for security clearance offered hints about how to cut corners, and its lax policies could have led to the clearance the Navy Yard shooter needed to access the base, the House’s top investigator said.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said his staffers have come across verbal and written policies from the Office of Personnel Management that indicate the security clearance process was short-circuited in the case of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter.

But Mr. Issa says OPM is refusing to turn over those documents and allowing them to be viewed only behind closed doors. If he doesn’t have the documents by noon Thursday, he said, he will issue a subpoena.

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