WASHINGTON, June 20 Senator Bill Nelson said
contractor Booz Allen Hamilton had hired an employee
convicted of lying to the U.S. government for a position in
which he would handle classified documents.
Nelson, a Florida Democrat, called on the Senate
Intelligence Committee to conduct an investigation broadly into
how contractors are handling employees with top secret
He said he is alarmed by the combination of this incident
and the more recent revelation that a National Security Agency
contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton leaked sensitive
Nelson, in a letter to Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne
Feinstein, said these incidents merit a probe "to determine more
broadly how private contractors are managing the hiring and
monitoring of employees who have top secret clearance from the
A spokesman for Booz Allen Hamilton declined to comment.
Nelson said he was reminded earlier this week of a situation
in which Booz Allen Hamilton hired a man to work as a
counter-threat finance analyst at MacDill Air Force Base in
Before being hired by Booz Allen Hamilton, the man had
received one of the highest levels of security clearances
despite having been previously convicted in 2008 of lying to
government officials and sentenced to three years of probation,
Nelson said in the letter.
The incident received media coverage in 2011. It is not
clear exactly when Booz Allen Hamilton hired the man.
"Is there a pattern with these contractors that they are not
minding the store?" Nelson separately told reporters.
Nelson said in his letter that he agrees with Feinstein that
legislation may be needed to limit or prevent certain
contractors from handling highly classified data. Feinstein last
week called for that type of legislation.
He also said the Senate Intelligence Committee should probe
how private contractors screen, hire and monitor employees who
need top secret clearance.