On February 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. In addition to authorizing appropriations for intelligence-related activities, HR 2701 would require the Director of National Intelligence to appoint an Ombudsman to handle concerns, complaints and questions from people applying for intelligence community security clearances. The bill does not further define the rights and responsibilities of the DNI Ombuds, but there are Ombuds programs fro employees in other security agencies. The legislation has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration. (Open Congress.)
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