Contractor that vetted Snowden settles with government for $30M

The investigative services provider and government contractor that vetted Edward Snowden agreed to a $30 million settlement with the U.S. government on Wednesday.

The government claims that United States Investigations Services (USIS)  “deliberately circumvented contractually required quality reviews of completed background investigations” in order to increase its revenues and profits, a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release states. These shortcuts allegedly occurred from March 2008 through September 2012.

For apparently representing background checks as complete when they weren't, USIS said it would forego payment collections from the government adding up to $30 million.

The settlement pertains to USIS and its parent company, Altegrity, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February of this year.

“This settlement demonstrates our commitment to holding government contractors accountable,” said Vincent H. Cohen Jr., acting U.S. attorney of the District of Columbia, in the DOJ's release.

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