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Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Investigative Records Enterprise, National Background Investigations Bureau, Office of Personnel Management, USA
Federal Background Investigations – The Way Forward
With six months under its belt since becoming a new agency, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) is well on its way to building greater investigative capacity, optimizing business processes, and implementing automated solutions. Additionally, NBIB is collaborating with the national community on a number of initiatives that will have a positive impact throughout the security ecosystem. NBIB is working closely with the Department of Defense on establishing a secure, effective and efficient next generation IT system based on a comprehensive business process reengineering study. The future will harness the power of technology, delivering timely and thorough investigative products to meet the evolving needs of the federal community.
NBIB remains laser focused on implementing a new organizational structure, built on the following principals and goals:
- A keen focus on national security;
- Staunchly protecting legacy systems;
- Numerous automated initiatives underway;
- Establishing a Law Enforcement Liaison Office;
- Implementing a Continuous Evaluation business line.
James C. Onusko, Deputy Assistant Director, National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), leads the way in the management of government-wide investigative records collection during the performance of background investigations. In this role, he 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.
Previously, Jim oversaw the NBIB transition leading a team of interagency senior executives, supporting the President’s goal of reforming the security clearance process, by formally establishing the new federal entity to strengthen how the government performs background investigations and ensuring the protection of its information through a partnership with the Department of Defense. He was also the Executive Director, Personnel Security and Identity Management, Department of Veterans Affairs, ensuring VA-wide compliance with vetting, identity proofing, adjudication, credentialing, HSPD-12 access controls, and continuous monitoring to establish a safe and secure environment.
He also served at the Department of State, as Director, Office of Personnel Security and Suitability. In that role, he instituted 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 career in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he served in a number of roles in law enforcement and the protection of national security. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and a master’s degree in Crimes in Commerce, The George Washington University.