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New procedures being put in place since Navy Yard shooting

New performance review procedures are being put in place by the Navy in the wake of last week's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard..
   
Authorities believe lies Aaron Alexis told about his criminal history and flaws in the Navy's performance review process may have led to his security clearance.
   
The Secretary of the Navy wants all police reports, not just arrests or convictions, to be included when a background check is done.
   
He made that recommendation to the agency in charge of security clearance.
Ray Addison, Navy Veteran: "Maybe people aren't doin' their job."
   
Ray Addison is a Navy Veteran who worked for 20 years as a contractor with top secret clearance.
   
He's glad to hear about the new procedures the Navy is putting into place.
Ray Addison, Navy Veteran: "Apparently, the security process of doing background checks and that has some holes in it all over the place."
   
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered the Navy to enhance the way it manages sailor evaluations and fitness reports by assigning more senior officers to oversee them.
   
Aaron Alexis's record did not mention his arrest for discharge of a firearm or any behavior issues.
   
And it's that record that helped him get a job with a subcontractor and get access to the Washington Navy Yard.

Ray Addison, Navy Veteran: "I don't know how that was missed. I had to go through a lot of interviews and that."
   
Alexis did not disclose all the details of his criminal history when applying for security clearance.

Sources say government background checkers knew this, but did not tell the navy.
   
In 2004 he was arrested in Seattle for shooting out the tires on a construction worker's vehicle.   
The report from the Office of Personnel Management only said Alexis had 'deflated' the tires on the car.

Navy authorities say they did not learn Alexis's arrest involved a gun until after last week's attack.