Thank you for your comment.
OPM, who was formerly the Civil Service Commission in the 50's or 60's, has always followed federal criteria in conducting a background investigation. I think that DOD, along with other DOD agencies, had to basically follow this same criteria, but they were not under OPM's jurisdiction and had more leeway in asking questions of sources. You know that OPM did not interview the Subject in a Subject Interview when I came on in the 80's and relied solely on source interviews for a background investigation.
It just seems to me to be naive to think that sources will either have the necessary knowledge or the courage to give information that would again identify individuals who are a risk to national security.
I don't think that a federal background investigation would have ever identified or hinted that Timothy McVeigh was going to bomb the Federal Bldg in Oklahoma City. Luckily, USIS didn't exist at that time and couldn't be blamed!
The Security entities who are ultimately responsible for national security really need to look at this issue and ask themselves if the $$ spent in conducting background investigations under the current regulations is really money well spent?
I know what I am suggesting would put everyone in this career field out of a job....oh thats right, all of the worker bees at USIS are out of a job! I shouldn't be flippant because there are people, like me, who have dedicated much of their careers, putting their family time aside, conducting background investigations in a professional manner and, for that, I am again sad.