Same Private Company That Vetted Snowden, Cleared Navy Yard Shooter

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Sept. 19 2013 7:36 PM

Same Private Company That Vetted Snowden, Cleared Navy Yard Shooter

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Members of the Youngs Together activist group pose with masks of Edward Snowden during a public hearing at the Brazilian Senate's foreign relations committee on August 6, 2013.

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The same private company that vetted document leaker Edward Snowden said on Thursday that it also performed the background check on Aaron Alexis, the shooter who killed 12 people in Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

The company, US Investigations Services, is the leading provider of background checks for the federal government, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Washington Post, USIS was “spun off” from the federal government in the 1990s and with 7,000 employees, handles about 45 percent of all background checks for the Office of Personnel Management.

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The company said it performed the background check on Alexis in 2007. According to the Journal, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that the company’s examination of Snowden for the renewal of his high security clearance was inadequate.

USIS, earlier this week, denied that it handled Alexis’ case and is already under criminal investigation over whether it misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks, according to the Washington Post.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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