Prov. Equity contractor vetted Snowden, Navy Yard shooter

FEDERAL CONTRACTOR USIS, which vetted both Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, is owned by Providence Equity Partners. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said the company's background investigation of Alexis was
FEDERAL CONTRACTOR USIS, which vetted both Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, is owned by Providence Equity Partners. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said the company's background investigation of Alexis was "in compliance with all investigative standards." The case will pass to the Department of Defense for final review when the investigation is complete. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/RICH CLEMENT
WASHINGTON - The same federal contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about classified U.S. spying programs, also performed a background check that let the Washington Navy Yard shooter obtain a security clearance. Now the contractor, USIS, is drawing fire from a U.S. senator asking how Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis slipped…

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  1. This focus on who did the background check on Alexis is misguided. State and local governments have rules in place where background screening companies are limited in the information they can provide. Certain arrest information cannot be included in a background screening report – 7 year limit at the federal level and varying rules at the state level. An arrest is not a conviction and oftentimes cannot be used to determine eligibility for a job.