President Donald Trump has signed an executive order which would transfer the task of conducting federal background checks from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense.
The Defense Department will reorganize and rename its Defense Security Service or DSS under the new order. DSS will now be called the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. It will be the primary office in charge of conducting background checks for the federal government.
The Defense Department said in a statement, "This executive order reflects the administration's commitment to reform the personnel vetting enterprise to ensure a trusted federal workforce."
The order comes during a period of time in which the White House has come under scrutiny because of its security clearance procedures. In February, the New York Times reported that the president told his then-chief of staff to grant his son-in-law, Jared Kushner top-secret security clearance last year. Kushner's security clearance continued to come into question after NBC News reported the president's personnel security office chief overruled security officials to approve clearances for Kushner and dozens of others.
According to the Executive Order, the change in responsibilities will occur no later than June 24.