By JOSH LEDERMAN | January 22, 2016 | 5:27 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is enlisting the Pentagon to help overhaul the federal security clearance system following a devastating data breach.
The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, and other officials say the government is creating a new agency called the National Background Investigations Bureau. That agency will be part of the Office of Personnel Management and will take over processing all background checks for federal employees, contractors and others.
But the Defense Department will design, build and operate the computer system that houses the information applicants submit as part of the security clearance process. The White House says it’s asking Congress for $95 million to develop it.
The overhaul comes after an estimated 21.5 million people had their personal information stolen. U.S. officials have pointed the finger at China.