A just completed Pentagon report shows that the Navy's efforts to cut costs left its facilities accessible by convicted felons who were signed on to work as contractors and vendors. A Navy official said the lapses were unrelated to access by Navy contractor Aaron Alexis, whose clearance was created under a different system than the one examined by the Pentagon audit. The audit showed the Navy's cost-cutting resulted in 52 convicted felons not having their background checked through terrorist and criminal databases.

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