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Bridget Johnson

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July 3, 2014 - 2:17 pm

The Department of Homeland Security is coming under fire for awarding a lucrative immigration-related contract to the firm under fire for clearing Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

Just last week, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill inspired by allegations against US Investigations Services LLC (USIS) to keep contractors from conducting the final quality reviews of their own background investigations.

The Justice Department alleged that USIS put a stamp of approval on its own incomplete investigations in order to receive federal government payments.

Still, the company will be doing checks for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said he was “deeply troubled” by the $190 million contract.

“Snowden – now a houseguest of Russian intelligence – has done irreparable damage to the national security of the United States, endangering the lives of Americans around the world. Our nation’s top military officer has told Congress that the leaks of our ‘military capabilities, operations, tactics, techniques and procedures’ will take billions of dollars to overcome,” Royce said.

“There is no good reason – bureaucratic or otherwise – why the United States should continue to do business with a company with this kind of track record, especially contracting with a key immigration agency. I strongly urge the Administration to reconsider this award in light of this company’s past performance,” he stressed. “A $190 million contract to a company that has so poorly served the United States is indefensible.”  

USIS, which began contracting with the Office of Personnel Management in 1996, has been accused of using a software program to give incomplete applications the OK, concealing this practice from OPM and then billing OPM for inadequate background investigations.

“We will not tolerate shortcuts taken by companies that we have entrusted with vetting individuals to be given access to our country’s sensitive and secret information,” said Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, in October. “The Justice Department will take action against those who charge the taxpayers for services they failed to provide, especially when their non-performance could place our country’s security at risk.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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A quick Google shows that USIS is owned by Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm. One of its senior advisers is Peter Chernin. Chernin has given more than $100,000 to the DNC, and hosted a fundraiser at his home for FCMABBHO last year.

Another senior adviser is Richard Parsons who was an economic adviser to FCMABBHO.

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Oh dear Mandy, the corruption makes my head spin. Obamas White House is a wasp nest. Anyhow, I am glad that Snowden was cleared so he was enabled to bring the world the shocking truth about the NSA. We. who do not want a Big Brother society, see him as an American hero.
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Hey, Swedishlady!

My beef with Snowden is that some of the information he released about our government helped our enemies.

I didn't have the time yesterday to look for campaign contributions to all the senior advisers and CEO of PEP. If I had the time, I'm sure it would've revealed more partisanship.

Here's a link to the leadership.

http://www.provequity.com/Team/Private%20Equity/title
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Mandy, thanks for your information .
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"My beef with Snowden is that some of the information he released about our government helped our enemies."

I have repeatedly heard those same allegations about Snowden, Mandy. But I have never heard it explained just how the information helped "our enemies", nor has anyone cited examples of Snowden's information helping our enemies.

For my money, I have seen far more concrete evidence of Obama helping our enemies than I have of Snowden doing the same thing.
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