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Govt sues company that handled Snowden vetting

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October 30, 2013 04:06 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping into a lawsuit against the company that handled the background check of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The government says United States Investigations Services LLC failed to perform quality control reviews on background investigations for the White House Office of Personnel Management.

USIS dominates the background check industry, taking in $195 million in government payments last year.

In June, the inspector general appointed to watch over the Office of Personnel Management told a Senate hearing that there were problems with Snowden's most recent screening before he was hired to work for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

A whistle-blower who is a former employee of USIS is suing the company on behalf of the government. The Justice Department is joining the case.