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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Petrillo and Powell , Contracting officers , GAO , contracting , acquisition

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tags: Rob Burton , Venable , GAO , contracting , industry , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , bid protest , GAO , Ralph White , DHS , FCI Federal , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , bid protest , GAO , Ralph White , DHS , FCI Federal , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

OPM plans to terminate contracts with USIS

An Office of Personnel Management official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS' background investigations and support contracts.

Tags: Office of Personnel Management , security clearance , contracting

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 07:05am EDT

USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tags: security clearances , industry , DHS , OPM , Jason Miller , oversight

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

25,000 DHS employees at greater risk of identity theft after hack

New details emerge about the cyber attack against USIS. Hackers accessed personal information of Department of Homeland Security workers, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. DHS will offer credit monitoring services to the affected employees.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , personal identifiable information , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:08am EDT

Congressmen demand answers from DHS over new USIS contract

Two congressional leaders want to know whether USIS' history was considered when awarding a $190 million Homeland Security Department contract.

Tags: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Coburn , Jeh Johnson , DHS , DoJ , security clearance , dumping

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:09pm EDT

New audit reveals OPM's weak oversight of background check reviews

A new audit from the OPM Inspector General's office reveals shortcomings in the steps taken by Office of Personnel Management and its contractors to make sure background investigations undergo quality reviews. The audit pointed to a lack of oversight on OPM's part in making sure contractors actually review cases and said some of the companies that employ case reviewers failed to keep track of records showing the contractors had undergone proper training.

Tags: oversight , FIS , OPM , background investigations , Merton Miller , CACI , KeyPoint Government Solutions , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 02:02pm EDT
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