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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Michelle Schmitz
Federal authorities responsible for granting security clearances to government employees and contractors are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars investigating the investigators.
It took about eight years after the death of a spouse of a federal employee in West Virginia before the U.S. Office of Personnel Management stopped sending her retirement checks. By then, the dead woman had received more than $200,000.
Federal retirees often enjoy generous pensions, but some manage to keep getting paid even after they're dead and buried.
The OPM's office of inspector general has an initiative "focused on fabrication cases involving OPM Federal Investigative Services background investigators," said Michelle Schmitz, assistant inspector general for investigations.
"A backlog or unexpected problem in any of these offices can affect a cases overall timeline," she said.