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Overall, OPM handles about 2 million background checks each year.

Officials at the Office of the Inspector General for OPM said they have an initiative under way to uncover phony background checks.

In its most recent semi-annual report to Congress, the inspector general called falsifications in background checks a “serious national security concern.”

“If a background investigation contains incorrect, incomplete or fraudulent information, a qualified candidate may be wrongfully denied employment or an unsuitable person may be cleared and allowed access to federal facilities or classified information,” the inspector general’s office said.