WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of standards for contractors and employees in federal government in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., the White House said Tuesday.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney made the announcement during his regular press briefing, saying the review is to be conducted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
"At the president's direction, OMB is examining standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies," said Carney said Tuesday. "This is a matter that the president believes and has believed merits review."
The OMB review will examine the "oversight, nature and implementation of security and suitability standards for federal employees and contractors." It is in addition to an ongoing review of intelligence community contractors Obama ordered after former U. S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began leaking a trove of classified documents regarding U.S. government' s secret surveillance programs on its own citizens and on other countries.
The White House announced the review as questions grew as to how Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist with a checkered history and mental problems, was able to get a security clearance to enter the military installation.
Alexis was accused of fatally shooting 12 people before he was gunned down by police in Monday's carnage.
Pentagon orders security review after shooting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has directed a rapid review of Navy and Marine Corps' security procedures at military bases around the country, after a deadly shooting in Washington's Navy Yard, the Navy announced Tuesday.
"Our Sailors, Marines, and civilians are familiar with the dangers of service, but our security is something we can never take for granted," said Mabus. "I ordered a review of every Navy and Marine Corps base in the United States to ensure that we live up to our responsibility of taking care of our people." Full story
Dead suspect for Washington Yard shooting identified
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 people were confirmed dead in the Washington Yard mass shooting, including a suspect who has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, law enforcement officials said Monday afternoon.
The deceased gunman of Monday's shooting rampage was from Texas, said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of FBI's Washington Field Office, at a televised news conference. Full story