Navy Gunman, Snowden Checked Out by Same Firm
USIS has been under federal scrutiny
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2013 3:00 AM CDT
This photo, taken June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong and provided by The Guardian Newspaper, shows Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo/The Guardian)

(Newser) – Both Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis faced background checks in recent years—and both checks were conducted by the same company. USIS ran a background check on Alexis in 2007 for the Office of Personnel Management, the year he joined the Navy; the company said it wasn't at liberty to explain why or what it learned, but Alexis did end up with clearance that ultimately enabled him to get into the Navy Yard. Snowden's clearance, meanwhile, faced a "periodic reinvestigation" in 2011, the New York Times reports.

USIS, which NBC News calls "the dominant company in its field," has been under investigation by the Office of Personnel Management for roughly two years. NBC News adds that six USIS workers have been convicted over fabricated reports, and the company has been accused of pushing employees to perform checks hastily to keep output high. Meanwhile, the Times offers more details of the Navy Yard shooting, via FBI director James Comey. Comey yesterday said Alexis was apparently "wandering the halls and hunting people to shoot," with "no discernible pattern." That suggests that Alexis may not have had a specific set of targets in mind, Comey said—though the Washington Post today suggests otherwise.

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Sep 20, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Can you say, "Performance Review?"
Sep 20, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
U$I$ has been under investigation for TWO (2) years! Has anyone noticed that every segment of government takes many years before a decision is made -- even investigations into employee conduct goes on for years before an employee is discharged. (In the meantime those being investigated continue to draw full pay and benefits!). How much money do we taxpayers spend for this government incompetence, at every level, every day? Seldom does it take a group in the private sector more than sixty (60) days to complete investigations thoroughly and properly. Continuous government leadership failures and incompetence!!
Sep 20, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
nice job usis your white house check is in the mail!