Feds: Private Contractor Failed to Vet Edward Snowden and 665,000 Others

The U.S. Department of Justice claims the private contractor retained to perform background searches on potential government employees provided phony information. A lawsuit filed this week alleges the firm, USIS, defrauded the government between 2008 and 2012. “USIS management devised and executed a scheme to deliberately circumvent contractually required quality reviews of completed background investigations in order to increase the company’s revenues and profits.” Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis are among those whose backgrounds weren’t properly checked, according to NBCNews.com.