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Navy Commercial Access Control System Did Not Effectively Mitigate Access Control Risks

Navy Commercial Access Control System Did Not Effectively Mitigate Access Control Risks (Repot1 No. DODIG-2013-134), September 16, 2013

FINDING A:  NCACS Did Not Effectively Mitigate Access Control Risks for Contractors Entering Navy Installations – The Navy Commercial Access Control System, Rapidgate, did not effectively mitigate the access control risks of contractors accessing Navy installations. Specifically, numerous contractor employees enrolled in Rapidgate received interim installation access and Rapidgate credentials without having their identities vetted through mandatory authoritative databases, such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and the Terrorist Screening Database. Furthermore, as an alternative to NCACS, contractor employees could obtain a local daily pass without having their identities vetted through NCIC and the Terrorist Screening IDatabase. This occurred because-in an attempt to reduce access control costs-CNIC did not:  • follow Federal credentialing standards and DoD contractor vetting requirements and • provide 7 of the 10 installations visited with the appropriate resources and capabilities to conduct required contractor background checks. As a result, 52 convicted felons received routine, unauthorized access to Navy installations for 62 to 1,035 days since Eid Passport’s initial public record checks did not identify the felony convictions. This placed military personnel, dependents, civilians, and installations at an increased security risk.”

Harvard Magazine – New VP for Harvard Library Sees Opportunities Ahead

“SARAH THOMAS, the new vice president for the Harvard Library, shared her vision for the institution in an interview with Harvard Magazine during the second week of September, her fifth week on the job. The libraries have passed through a period of turmoil, but she emphasized that the renewed organization is now in a position of strength. (Transitions for Harvard’s librariesContinue Reading

EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

Agency takes important step to reduce carbon pollution from power plants as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: “he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants in order to combat climate change and improve public health. In addition, EPA has initiated broad-basedContinue Reading

Gallup – State of the American Workplace

Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders “The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders report highlights findings from Gallup’s ongoing study of the American workplace from 2010 through 2012. This is a continuation of Gallup’s previous report on the U.S. workplace covering 2008 through 2010. This latest report providesContinue Reading

EFF – Thirteen Principles Against Unchecked Surveillance Launched at United Nations

Privacy Advocates Call Upon UN Member States to End Mass Internet Spying Worldwide: “Geneva – At the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, six major privacy NGOs, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), warned nations of the urgent need comply with international human rights law to protect their citizens fromContinue Reading