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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: (202) 606-2402

OPM Finalizes Transfer of Background Investigations to Defense Department

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) has successfully transferred from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Department of Defense (DoD).

NBIB will take on the new name of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). As of Sept. 30, 2019, the background investigation backlog is holding steady at approximately 302,000, down from its peak of around 725,000 in April of 2018.

“DCSA will be in the best of hands at DoD and with the continued leadership of Director Phalen,” said OPM Director Dale Cabaniss. “I want to thank Director Charles Phalen and his hardworking staff for serving the American people in a meaningful way. We wish them continued success at their new agency home.”

The transition of NBIB to DoD was enacted in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. President Trump signed Executive Order 13467, officially initiating the transition, on April 24, 2019.

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