September 24, 2013

Regarding the Sept. 21 front-page article “Vetting company’s employees felt stress”:

My wife and I have been contacted by investigators, including those from the federal contractor USIS, for information about neighbors or friends being vetted for security clearances. We have come to the conclusion that it is a waste of time.

Each time we are asked about a neighbor, co-worker or friend, we are specifically warned by the investigator that anything negative we say will be made available to the person being investigated. Given these conditions, who would provide anything but complimentary information?

Even if this rule has something to do with privacy concerns, it is stupid and defeats the purpose of the investigation, which is to find out any reason why a person should not be granted a clearance. This should be corrected.

Bruce Valoris, Centreville

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