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Background check probe zeroes in on USIS contracts

Among the issues considered Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were contracting practices at the Office of Personnel Management that allowed the largest background-investigation contactor -- accused by the Justice Department of taking improper shortcuts and defrauding the government -- to conduct quality reviews of its own work.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background checks , Sterling Phillips , Katherine Archuleta , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:24pm EST

OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Tags: management , workforce , security clearances , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Justice Department , contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

Background check firm in hot water for 'flushing' records

The Justice Department has accused the company that performed background investigations of both National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis of defrauding the government, making false statements and breach of contract. DoJ's civil complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alabama alleges the company, which is the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, submitted at least 665,000 background investigations to the Office of Personnel Management that hadn't been properly reviewed.

Tags: DOJ , OPM , background investigations , Edward Snowden , Aaron Alexis

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 01:29pm EST

DOJ joins whistleblower suit against company that vetted Snowden, Alexis

The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations. Filed under the False Claims Act, the suit alleges that USIS, which currently has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Office of Personnel Management, failed to properly review its casework before providing it OPM.

Tags: OPM , DOJ , whistleblower lawsuit , False Claims Act , Elaine Kaplan , Edward Snowden , Aaron Alexis , background investigations , oversight , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:21pm EDT

OPM defends 2007 background check of Navy Yard shooter

The same company that performed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's background investigation also performed a check of Aaron Alexis, the IT contractor who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday. The Office of Personnel Management said it believes Alexis' background check was complete and that the Defense Department signed off on the results of the background check.

Tags: background investigation , Mert Miller , Patrick McFarland , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Edward Snowden , Claire McCaskill , oversight , Navy , Jack Moore

Friday - 09/20/2013, 01:45pm EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Tags: security clearances , Patrick McFarland , GSA , Claire McCaskill , Senate , Congress , background investigations , Michelle Schmitz , management , oversight

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

Changes in 2008: How USIS can help

Rory Job
USIS
Vice President of Information Technology
January 27th, 2009

Tags: tech , background investigations

Tuesday - 01/27/2009, 12:08pm EST

USIS wins new investigations support contract

USIS has been awarded a new contract that is worth up to $288 million over five years

Tags: OPM , background investigations , industry

Monday - 06/13/2011, 02:26pm EDT

Building more secure buildings

Ensuring buildings are safe from the ground up.

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , technology , building security , Mike Fraser , P.K. Bagchi

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 06:56pm EDT
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