A letter from the State Department to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) states, “To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents. DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. … This number will likely change as the review progresses.”
The State Department also acknowledged that disciplinary action had been taken against employees with violations or infractions.
“In every instance in which the Department found an individual to be culpable of a valid security violation or three or more infractions, the Department forwarded the outcome to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/PSS), to be placed in the individuals’ official security file. All valid security incidents are reviewed by DS and taken into account every time an individual’s eligibility for access to classified information is considered,” states the letter.
“This referral occurred whether or not the individual was currently employed with the Department of State and such security files are kept indefinitely. Consistent with the referral policy, for individuals who were still employed with the Department at the time of adjudication, the Department referred all valid security violations or multiple infractions to the Bureau of Human Resources.”
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