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October 6 2015

Security Check Firm USIS Accepts $30 Million Fraud Settlement

"United States Investigations Services, the security firm which vetted Edward Snowden, has agreed to a fine of about $30 million to settle U.S. charges related to the way it conducted background checks on applicants for sensitive government jobs. The Justice Department said USIS engaged in practice internally called ""dumping"" or ""flushing,"" in which the company released the background checks of individuals to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and presented these cases as having been completed when, in fact, they were not. USIS had been the U.S. government 's largest private provider of security checks. ""Shortcuts taken by any company that we have entrusted to conduct background investigations of future and current federal employees are unacceptable,"" said Benjamin Mizer, head of the Justice Department 's civil division."