FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An article published in The Wall Street Journal today presents an inaccurate view of work performed by US Investigations Services, LLC (USIS) on the background investigation of Edward Snowden. Under contract to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the company performed a five-year “periodic reinvestigation” for Mr. Snowden’s clearance in February 2011. USIS did not perform the background investigation supporting Snowden’s initial security clearance.
All contractors and government employees performing background investigations for OPM follow the same specific investigation procedures specified by the government. Background investigation contractors provide a report of their investigation to OPM, which furnishes that report to the government agency sponsoring the individual’s clearance. The sponsoring agency reviews the report of investigation and may request additional case information or interviews, which are provided at no additional cost to the government under this fixed price contract. The sponsoring agency, not OPM or the background investigation contractor, determines an individual’s suitability to be granted or retain a security clearance.
Background investigation contractors are not permitted to retain any information regarding individual cases once the investigation is complete. As such, USIS is unable to refute or verify the specific allegations made in this article. USIS can confirm that after the Snowden investigation was completed by the company, there were no requests for additional information or interviews. Following the initial disclosure of Snowden’s breach of security, USIS’ work on the case was reviewed by OPM and the company was informed that all standards were met.
USIS learned in January 2012 of a U.S. Government investigation that is still ongoing. USIS cannot comment on this case, but over the past 18 months there has been no indication that the company’s work on the Snowden clearance is a subject of this investigation.