USIS Conducting Screening on Navy Yard Shooter

USIS, the federal government contractor who vetted Whistleblower Edward Snowden also screened alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

In 2007, USIS conducted a background check on Alexis for his secret-level clearance. Due to confidentiality requirements USIS has with the federal government, they are prohibited from disclosing the results of Alexis’ background investigation.

USIS was originally part of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the 1990’s has become the largest provider of government background checks. With over 7,000 employees, USIS processes 45 percent of all background checks for the federal government. Last week USIS denied vetting Alexis.

Later USIS Spokesman Ray Howell admitted “the company got new information Thursday.” The Alexis background issue could not have come at a worse time, as USIS is in the midst of a criminal investigation, due to the Snowden background check.

OPM released a statement on Thursday. “In review of the 2007 background investigation file for Aaron Alexis, the agency believes that the file was complete and in compliance with all investigative standards.” The report did reveal an incident where Alexis shot out the tires of a car; it was classified as “malicious mischief.”