WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances.
Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from prosecutors for 21 cases resulting in convictions that involved the making of false statements from December 2004 to March 2012.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The same company that scrutinized former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for a U.S. government security clearance said on Thursday it also checked the background of the Navy Yard shooter, allowing him to obtain a “secret” clearance.
USIS, working as a contractor for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), conducted a background review of Alexis Aaron, identified by law enforcement authorities as the shooter who killed 12 people at the Navy Yard before he was shot dead.