[ISN] DOD Adjusts Plans On Hiring Foreign IT Workers

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Date: Fri May 31 2002 - 05:01:48 PDT

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    By Dawn S Onley, Government Computer News
    30 May 2002, 10:44 AM CST
    The Defense Department has rethought plans to disqualify foreign
    nationals from jobs that include handling unclassified but sensitive
    If would-be workers pass background investigations and get letters of
    approval from the agency chiefs seeking to employ them, the department
    will allow the hires to proceed, senior DOD managers said.
    Defense agency chiefs are encouraged to hire U.S. citizens first for
    sensitive IT positions, said Pete Nelson, DOD's deputy director for
    personnel security. Foreign nationals can still work on systems within
    DOD provided they are "properly vetted for the material to which they
    have access," he said.
    When DOD issued its no-foreigners proposal in March, some industry
    officials expressed concern that the rule would call for foreign
    employees to be removed from positions in which they would handle
    sensitive but unclassified information. Such data includes personnel
    data and information on weapons systems.
    "There is no per se rule to disqualify foreign nationals other than to
    encourage use of U.S. citizens in [sensitive but unclassified
    positions, but that is ultimately up to the system owner or agency
    head," Nelson said.
    He said DOD would require U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals
    to pass background investigations to gain access to secure data.
    It is still unclear how many contractors would be affected by the
    DOD expects to issue a final policy by September.
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