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Spotlight: DOJ accuses USIS of fraudulent background checks

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The Justice Department claims the company responsible for background checks on about half of all federal government hires knowingly took shortcuts when investigating individuals seeking security clearances, says a DoJ filing (.pdf) with the District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

The filing says Falls Church, Va.-based USIS took shortcuts and submitted files to the government that had not undergone a full review.

The DOJ accuses USIS of submitting incomplete background reviews for about 40 percent of the cases it handled, which amounts to about 665,000 cases between March 2008 and September 2012.

USIS conducted background checks for both Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last fall and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.