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senate Bill S. 434

Should Cheating on a Background Check Disqualify a Person From Federal Employment?

Argument in favor

Security clearances and privileged government information is only as secure as the background checks screening the people who can access them. This bill makes the process more secure.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/17/2016
Yeah, cheating on a background check should disqualify a person from federal employment, just as Hillary's use of a private server to conduct State Department business AND her deletion of thousands of emails AND repeatedly lying to COVER UP the fact that she used an INSECURE server and exposed CLASSIFIED emails to possible hacking by America's enemies should disqualify HER from the position of President of the United States of America! I believe Director Comey called it extreme negligence, but I call it a high crime worthy of a prison sentence! SO WHY DO LAWS APPLY TO EVERYONE EXCEPT THE CLINTONS, THE OBAMAS, AND MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION??? Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama make Richard Nixon look like a SAINT!
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Steve's Opinion
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09/17/2016
And it doesn't already??!!!?? All of a sudden, a new law is needed??
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Jim's Opinion
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09/17/2016
Why is there even a question about this?
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Argument opposed

The people who’ve risen through the ranks of a federal agency to a position enabling them to conduct background checks can be trusted not to falsify information.

Peter's Opinion
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09/17/2016
"Have you ever smoked pot?" "No" "what about that one time in college, you lied, you can't work in a federal job anymore, but if you said yes, you also couldn't work". The problem is that background checks are still made by prudes and don't hold up in today's climate. It means if you've done something in your 20s you can't get a job in your 50s... that's insane, feel free to lie.
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Kenneth's Opinion
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09/19/2016
If you going to do that to federal employees, you need to do that to the congress and senators.
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Whardy51's Opinion
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09/18/2016
It's already illegal to lie on a background check. This bill should authorize more funding for more extensive background investigations but since that involves spending money on something that makes sense, it's not going to happen.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed November 17th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in Senate
  • referral
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • calendar
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
  • reported
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson without amendment. With written report No. 114-246.
  • calendar
    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 453.
  • vote
    Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • action
    Received in the House.
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed November 17th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

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    Yeah, cheating on a background check should disqualify a person from federal employment, just as Hillary's use of a private server to conduct State Department business AND her deletion of thousands of emails AND repeatedly lying to COVER UP the fact that she used an INSECURE server and exposed CLASSIFIED emails to possible hacking by America's enemies should disqualify HER from the position of President of the United States of America! I believe Director Comey called it extreme negligence, but I call it a high crime worthy of a prison sentence! SO WHY DO LAWS APPLY TO EVERYONE EXCEPT THE CLINTONS, THE OBAMAS, AND MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION??? Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama make Richard Nixon look like a SAINT!
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    "Have you ever smoked pot?" "No" "what about that one time in college, you lied, you can't work in a federal job anymore, but if you said yes, you also couldn't work". The problem is that background checks are still made by prudes and don't hold up in today's climate. It means if you've done something in your 20s you can't get a job in your 50s... that's insane, feel free to lie.
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    And it doesn't already??!!!?? All of a sudden, a new law is needed??
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    Why is there even a question about this?
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    Proven falsification of information or misconduct involving same should be an employment disqualification.
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    Security clearances are serious, and those who seek or have them should be held to the highest standard of honesty.
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    If you going to do that to federal employees, you need to do that to the congress and senators.
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    Hell yes. Oh the complications of crime.
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    That is a no brainier. You lie on any part of an important application for the government or any agency. You're out. Period!
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    Working in government presents enough moral hazards as it is. No need to invite more by going soft on moral turpitude. What else will they falsify? What else will they corrupt?
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    Such dishonesty should disqualify any potential public employees. Cheating is seldom a one time event.
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    It already does. Dept of Defense Manuals already half the security processing once lying or fraud is determined to have taken place.
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    It's already illegal to lie on a background check. This bill should authorize more funding for more extensive background investigations but since that involves spending money on something that makes sense, it's not going to happen.
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    If the will cheat or falsify background information, then they cannot be trusted and should be barred from employment.
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    Why is this even a question? Cheating on a background check is advertising that you are deceitful and can't be trusted.
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    If your going to be a federal employee then you need to be honest in your background checks we have enough cheating going on in Congress we don't need federal employees outside of them to be honest!!
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    Why is this even a question? Who would want to hire a liar and a cheat? Then again, people will vote for Clinton.
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    Seriously, congress? This bill is another no-brained time-waster. Anyone who lies on their employment application or background check obviously should not be hired. America needs judges, a budget, immigration and criminal justice reform, Zika funding....
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    BUT.......,since cheating is allowed by Obama, Hillary, the FBI and many in Congress...,,WHY NOT !! What kind of examples are they teaching U. S. "Citizens" !
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    This would be true for any job.
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