Contracting Out Security Clearance Investigations: The Role of USIS and Allegations of Systemic Fraud   [open pdf - 185KB]

"On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis killed twelve people and injured several others at the Washington Navy Yard. Alexis entered the facility with a shotgun using his credentials as an employee of a federal subcontractor that performed computer software updates for the Navy. Alexis qualified for this position because he had received a Secret level security clearance in 2008 when he served in the Navy Reserve. Last fall, the Committee initiated a bipartisan investigation to examine the circumstances by which Alexis received and retained his security clearance, particularly given subsequent revelations about his multiple arrests involving firearms. This week, the Republican staff of the Committee issued a report focusing primarily on the role of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in overseeing its contractors that conduct background investigations. This Republican staff report was incomplete because it did not present the full findings of the Committee's investigation into the role of U.S. Investigations Services, Inc. (USIS)--the company that conducted Alexis' background investigation and that conducts more background investigations than any other federal contractor. For these reasons, the Committee's Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, asked Democratic staff to set forth additional information regarding USIS, including new allegations of a massive fraud committed by the company's top executives over 4½ years that may have endangered national security."

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Listed on February 19, 2014 [Critical Releases]