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James C. Onusko

James C. Onusko is the Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Investigative Records Enterprise (FIRE), National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), responsible for leading the way in automation and management of government-wide investigative records collection during the performance of background investigations.  The FIRE promotes records access and automation with Federal interagency partners, state and local law enforcement entities, and commercial records providers, leveraging new and evolving data sources that meet the Federal Investigative Standards, to provide Federal agencies with responsive products for adjudication in accordance with Federal suitability standards and the Adjudicative Guidelines for Access to National Security Information.

In March 2016, James C. Onusko was sworn in as the NBIB Transition Leader in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  He led an interagency team that was chartered with supporting the President’s goal of reforming the security clearance process and establishing a new federal entity to strengthen how the government performs background investigations and to ensure the protection of its information through a collaborative partnership with the Department of Defense.

He comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he served as the Executive Director, Personnel Security and Identity Management since December 2013, overseeing a broad technical program to ensure VA-wide compliance with laws, regulations and executive orders associated with vetting, identity proofing, adjudication, credentialing, two-factor authentication for physical/logical access, and continuous monitoring of federal employees and contractors to establish a safe and secure environment throughout the VA.

Mr. Onusko also served as the Director of the Office of Personnel Security and Suitability with the Department of State from 2004 to 2013.  In that role, he instituted automation and reform into the State Department’s end-to-end security clearance process, including investigative responsibility overseas on behalf of the federal community.

Mr. Onusko began his federal career in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he served in a number of roles involving responsibilities in law enforcement, as well as the protection of personnel, critical infrastructure, and national security interests.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and performed graduate studies in Crimes in Commerce, at The George Washington University.

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