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June 23, 2014

USIS Pleads the Fifth?

Security firm goes mum during investigation.

USIS, “the leading provider of background investigations to the federal government,” refused to testify before Congress – even after its CEO told Congress under oath he would cooperate with an investigation. The company that performed the background check on Edward Snowden and last year’s Navy Yard shooter is being accused by the Department of Justice of fraud because it allegedly partially completed 650,000 background checks, passed off the investigations as done, and earned millions of dollars in performance awards. Perhaps the CEO was only borrowing a play from former-IRS official Lois “Plead the Fifth” Lerner. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told The Washington Times, “I want to know if the people who were in charge during the fraud scheme are the same people in charge today, and the American people have a right to this information.” File this one as another example of government corruption and waste, at the expense of national security. More…

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