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Government Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports.

The Washington Post reports the OPM and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had issued stop-work orders for the contractor providing the government background checks, USIS, after a cyber attack on the firm “potentially exposed the records of thousands of government employees.”

The OPM and DHS have tried to shift the caseload of government background checks to other contractors or do them in-house since the stop-work orders, The Washington Post reports. USIS averaged approximately 21,000 background checks a month.

The Washington Post also reports USIS said in statement the company is “deeply disappointed” with the decision not to renew the contracts for government background checks but will “fulfill our obligations to ensure an orderly transition.”

The complete report from The Washington Post is available here: ‘USIS contracts for federal background security checks won’t be renewed.’



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