Northrop Grumman Corp.

Ex-CIA official to head new bureau for background checks

The CIA's former security director has been chosen to head the National Background Investigations Bureau, set up after last year's massive government data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, officials said Thursday.

Charles Phalen Jr., who starts next week as the new bureau's first director, was vice president of corporate security for Northrop Grumman Corp. after spending 30 years working in government positions, including stints at the FBI and CIA, where he headed security from 2007 to 2011.

The break-in at the OPM exposed security clearances, background checks and fingerprint records of more than 21 million current, former and prospective federal employees. That...