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Remember how that private contractor botched the security background check on the Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis? And on Edward Snowden? Turns out that it did a lot more than screw up a couple of security screenings if government prosecutors are right: They claim in a 25-page civil complaint attached to a whistleblower lawsuit that U.S. Investigations Services LLC cheated taxpayers out of $12 million in bonuses by submitting incomplete security checks that it claimed were thorough. This included more than 660,000 clearance checks that USIS "flushed" or "dumped"—a euphemism describing the practice of passing along to the government investigations that were never finished and were improperly reviewed by the company:
From 2008 to 2012, about 40 percent of the company’s investigations were fraudulently submitted, the Justice Department said.
Company officials issued a statement Thursday saying only a few individuals at the company were involved in the scheme, that it has fully cooperated with government prosecutors since "learning" of the allegations two years ago, and that it has made leadership and other changes since then.

According to The Wall Street Journal, USIS handles 45 percent of all background checks for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and more than 100 other government agencies, 2.2 million such investigations every year. Over the past 10 years, it has been awarded $4 billion in government contracts, $253 million in 2012, and gets 90 percent of its business from the government.

USIS was established in 1996 as part of then-Vice President Al Gore's "reinvention" of a leaner civil service, the idea being that the private sector could better handle what had until then been done by the Federal Investigations Division of Office of Personnel Management. The newly privatized unit was originally called U.S. Investigations Services Inc. and employed some 700 investigators who had been government employees. USIS immediately obtained a no-bid, three-year contract with the Feds. It also was given access to government databases other companies were not.

Although it started out as an employee-owned operation, the Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe invested in USIS in 2003 and sold it for $1.5 billion in 2007 to Providence Equity Partners.

Bloomberg News reported last September that of at least 10 background-check investigators working for private contractors who have been found guilty of falsifying records since 2006, eight had worked for USIS. Matt Apuzzo at the New York Times writes about dumping:

The government quoted from internal company emails to argue that the practice was widespread.

“Have a bit of a backlog building, but fortunately, most people are off this week so no one will notice!” one USIS employee wrote in 2010. [...]

Somebody obviously did notice. But it sure did take long enough. It would be a supreme exercise in gullibility to assume that USIS just started playing us for rubes a couple of years ago.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (111+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:30:22 PM PST

  •  The beginning of the end of privatization craze? (61+ / 0-)

    I don't understand privatizing activities that are done only by the government, and security clearances are an example. Well, I do, but only in terms of private profits and socialized costs, not anything valid. I can see privatizing the cafeteria in a government building: there are all sorts of experienced civilian cafeteria owners and managers. But not with clearances. All that happens is a profit motive gets added into a place that profit is not really what we want—what's next, no more police, just private detectives?

  •  Don't worry. The market will fix this. (21+ / 0-)

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:49:29 PM PST

  •  'For Your Eyes Only'.....kind of a joke. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  background check fraud (32+ / 0-)

    it is time to end privatization of government services. they are no better at providing the service than the government is.  often these contracts are nothing more than political paybacks.  this would also reduce fraud by removing the motive to corruptly profit from taxpayers dollars.

  •  There is a silver lining is this ends the use... (20+ / 0-)

    ...of private background checks for government jobs.  Thank you Snowden one more time.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:03:16 PM PST

    •  I don't know why you'd assume that (11+ / 0-)

      I mean, that would be the right thing to do, but prosecuting bankers for fraud would also be the right thing to do.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:40:09 PM PST

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    •  Actually, I want more Snowdens, not fewer. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'd advocate no background checks except for violent behavior.

      And anti-authoritarian types would be preferred.

    •  Snowden is a whistleblower (1+ / 0-)
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      Snowden  should have been considered a whistle-blower.  Instead of attacking him, our government should have been investigating his allegation, and following our whistleblower protection laws.

      There is no evidence that the NSA has prevented any attack or even solved a crime.  However, it was clear that our background check mechanism was broken.  Imagine if all the effort we put into persecuting Snowden had been put into reviewing the background check process.  Imagine if we had, by January of 2013, started to really look at who were passing back ground checks and if they really should have.  Might it be, that in eight months time, we might have revoked some clearances that should not have been given.

      Might it be, that if we treated Snowden as whistle blower instead of a criminal, and tried to solve the problems he brought to light, that the 12 people murdered at the navy shipyards might be alive today.  That by dealing with our problems, instead of denying them, we might have actually prevented a mass murder.

  •  asdf (30+ / 0-)
    since "learning" of the allegations
    OK, let me get this straight.

    You're a background checks company.

    Yet you need the government to tell you when a handful of employees manage to screw up 40% of the work you do.

    As in, you don't know WTF is going on in your own company. But you're going to vet prospective employees for the security sector.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:09:40 PM PST

    •  The funny thing is ... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... no, not that kind of funny, the kind of funny a smell is when it indicates an imminent explosion ...

      The funny thing is, this company's employees aren't even twice as corrupt as their industry average. They contributed 80% to a sample of known-corrupt people, but they also cover 45% of their market.

      Doesn't that mean they're only about 75% more corrupt than typical background checkers?

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:48:55 PM PST

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      •  No, they are way more than twice as corrupt (4+ / 0-)
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        They have 8 corrupt investigators and 45% of the market, for one corrupt investigator per 5.625%.  Everyone else has 2 corrupt investigators or 1 per 27.5%.  So, by that metric this company is close to five times as corrupt.

        •  I made some rash assumptions (1+ / 0-)
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          It would be unsafe to assume that the population of ten corrupt employees was randomly selected from among the companies providing such services. An investigator may find that the easiest path to more crooks is through the colleagues and acquaintances of already-known crooks.

          More risky, though, would be to assume such companies had any incentive to prefer less-corrupt employees over their more honest peers. Sure, they'd want ones clever enough not to get caught, and by that standard they still seem to have failed.

          So, based on what qualities do they really filter candidates? One hypotheses might be that they value corporate loyalty over honesty, skill or professional ethics. I guess we'll find out more when we see how many of those caught end up making deals and giving evidence against their employers.

          Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

          by chimpy on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:07:59 AM PST

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          •  At this point, I'd think (0+ / 0-)

            that such companies would be trying to filter out patriotism and regard for the law. Those seem to be undesirable qualities in the security sector these days.

            I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:55:32 AM PST

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  •  This isn't an argument against privatization (1+ / 0-)
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    It appears that one company has a culture that is problematic.  

    There are areas of government which similarly are ethically challenged but that is not an argument for privatizing those functions.  

  •  lawyers would immediately think: (1+ / 0-)
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    great defense: the in/credibility of the "expert" evidence against the accused

  •  Oh, that's just great. (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, DavidMS

    People who work for the government feel like public servants.

    Let's meditate on that phrase, "civil servant," and how it differs from "employee."

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:38:11 PM PST

  •  Makes sense to me. I have been named, more than (11+ / 0-)

    once as a reference for a federal employee's background check and never received as much as a phone call.

    However, when my husband was named, back in '94, he received a visit from a federal investigator.

  •  So = robo-signing (11+ / 0-)

    Why am I not surprised?

    I am so tired of this "private sector is lean, less expensive, and more competent" thing, especially when the work is being performed (or not) by the same people who had been doing it as federal employees.

    It's a scam, that's all.

  •  This is why privatization is a bad idea (15+ / 0-)
    Although it started out as an employee-owned operation, the Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe invested in USIS in 2003 and sold it for $1.5 billion in 2007 to Providence Equity Partners.
    From the moment it was bought by the Carlyle Group et al, this sort of cost-cutting/cheating scandal was only a matter of time.  When it was sold to a leveraged buy-out group, that timeline for corruption sped up exponentially.

    Here's the billionaire who started Providence Equity Partners

    Here's the info on Providence Equity Partners

    They don't win until we quit fighting!

    by Eyesbright on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:12:08 PM PST

  •  This never should have been in private hands (12+ / 0-)

    in the first place. It's a mark against Al Gore that he ever thought "privatizing" was a good idea or a "reinvention" of government.

    We've known for decades that that was BS, designed to destroy public worker unions and public worker support for the Democratic party, as well as an excuse to pay lower wages, deny pensions and health care.

    But, oh, what the heck?!?  Let's give an essential government function over to the Carlyle Group, a blood-soaked war machine if there ever was one and major holder of the Bush and Baker family fortune, deeply intertwined with oil tyrants.  Nice.

    Nothing really surprises me. This certainly didn't. I suppose I'm mildly relieved that charges are filed. But no one will go to jail. And this will all be quietly swept under the carpet by Holder's "Get Out of Jail Free" justice department.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:15:44 PM PST

    •  Is this the same Al Gore who championed NAFTA? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm suspecting that yes, it very well might be.

      Next - also the same Al Gore who's a self-described Iraq war hawk?  you know, while in office and could actually maybe have done something about the situation?

  •  "U.S. Investigations Services LLC" (2+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, divineorder

    The name alone (characterless, anonymous, and a little ominous) ought to have alerted people that there was something rotten and purpose-built about this company.

    Now we have to find out who's behind the people that are behind "U.S. Investigations Services LLC."

    Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

    by oblomov on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:32:47 PM PST

    •  People behind "US Investigations Services LLC" (3+ / 0-)

      From the USIS website:Sterling Phillips — President and CEO
      Sterling Phillips is President and CEO of USIS, the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government. Mr. Phillips leads an organization of more than 6,000 employees in two divisions: Investigations Services Division (ISD), which performs federal, state, and local background investigations, fraud investigations and site visits, and Global Security and Solutions Division (GS&S), a global leader in the areas of security, intelligence support, litigation support, training and records management.

      Mr. Phillips is a seasoned executive with a distinguished career leading companies serving government, security and technology clients. Prior to joining USIS in January 2013, Mr. Phillips served as CEO, President and Director of GTSI, an IT systems integration and services provider to federal, state and local governments. He led GTSI through a successful business turnaround and oversaw rapid growth culminating in the company’s sale in June 2012 to Unicom Systems.

      From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Phillips was a venture partner with FirstMark Capital, and before that served for six years as Chairman and CEO of Analex Corporation, an intelligence, systems engineering, and security services provider to government clients that included the U.S. intelligence community, the Department of Defense and NASA. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Phillips was senior vice president of Federal Data Corporation in the science and engineering and corporate marketing groups (now part of Northrop Grumman); during his tenure, the company’s revenues increased from $130 million to more than $650 million.

      Earlier in his career, Mr. Phillips was chief operating officer from 1993 to 1996 for TRI-COR Industries, Inc., and also served as president of the federal business development division for Computer Sciences Corporation from 1992 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Phillips had a highly successful 24-year career with IBM, where he steadily advanced through technical, marketing and management roles of increasing responsibility. He spent the final nine years as an executive in the company’s federal systems division (now a part of Lockheed Martin) in business development and general management roles.

      Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

      Johnny Tharp — President, Investigations Services Division
      Johnny Tharp is President of USIS’ Investigations Services Division (ISD), the largest commercial supplier of background investigations to the U.S. government and a provider of diverse investigations, including site visits, to all levels of government and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Tharp leads a staff of more than 3,200 personnel across the U.S. and is the primary point of contact for USIS’ current five-year Background Investigations Fieldwork Services contract with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Investigative Services. Most recently, Mr. Tharp had served as Chief Operating Officer of ISD.

      Mr. Tharp has been with USIS since 2001, starting as a special investigator in El Paso, Texas. From July 2003 to March 2007, he was a District Manager in both Albany, New York and St. Louis, Mo., with responsibility for all aspects of investigations assigned to those geographic areas. From March 2007 to December 2010, he served as the Regional Vice President of the Eastern Business Unit, where he directed operations of five districts in 12 states. He was next promoted to Vice President of Support Operations, where he was responsible for quality, training, mobile technology and communications for the ISD business. In December 2012, Mr. Tharp assumed the role of Vice President of Field Operations for the ISD business with oversight of 10 regions and more than 2,500 employees serving on a number of different contracts in both commercial and government markets spanning the U.S. and its territories.

      Mr. Tharp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa.

      Jeremy Wensinger — President, Global Security and Solutions
      Jeremy Wensinger is President of USIS’ Global Security and Solutions (GS&S). GS&S is a global leader in the areas of security, intelligence support, litigation support, training and records management. With revenues in excess of $240 million and more than 2,000 employees, GS&S has the ability to provide broad and unique solutions and products to government and industry customers.

      Before joining USIS, Mr. Wensinger spent the first 20 years of his career with Harris Corporation where he started in the finance organization. He progressed to Controller for Harris Information Systems before moving into operations.  Over the course of his career at Harris, he held positions as President, Harris IT Services Corp., President, Harris Broadcast Communications Division and Group President, Harris Government Communications Systems.  In the last position, he led a $2 billion group responsible for engineering services, operations, business development and strategic marketing for Harris’ government business.

      In 2008, Mr. Wensinger joined Cobham Defense Systems as Chairman of the Board and President.  In this role, he was responsible for a $1.5 billion group of businesses providing professional services and electronic systems to the U.S. Government, including the intelligence community. In 2011, Jeremy joined GTSI Corp. as Chief Operating Officer. GTSI was a NASDAQ listed provider of information technology solutions and services to federal, state and local government customers.

      Mr. Wensinger holds a BS in business administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of South Florida. He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Leesburg, VA.

      Francis Meyer — Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
      Francis Meyer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of USIS. Mr. Meyer’s duties include leading an accounting, pricing and financial planning, reporting and analysis organization to provide strategic and financial guidance to all USIS businesses.

      Mr. Meyer has nearly 30 years of experience as a CPA in finance and accounting as well as general management. Before joining USIS, he was a founder and managing director of Walney Capital, an investment bank providing strategic and advisory services to government contractors in the information technology, software and education segments. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development of Apptis Holdings, Inc., a private equity owned government services contractor which ranked 35 in Washington Technology’s Top 100 Government Contractors. Mr. Meyer joined Apptis from Unisys Corporation, where from 2002 to 2010, he held positions as Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Vice President and General Manager of the North America Public Sector, Vice President of the Global Public Sector Operations and Director of the Public Sector International Practices. Earlier in his career, he served with the U.S. Department of Education as the agency’s principal auditor responsible for financial institutions oversight.

      Mr. Meyer holds a Master of Business Administration degree, Finance and Investments from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is credentialed in Certified Government Financial Manager and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia.

      Susan M. Kirton — Vice President, Human Resources
      Susan Kirton is Vice President of Human Resources for USIS, a position she has held since September 2008.

      In this role, Ms. Kirton works closely with the presidents of USIS' two divisions, the Investigations Services Division (ISD) and the Global Security and Solutions (GS&S) Division and their HR teams in a combined team approach. She coordinates talent management, employee engagement and development and compliance strategies. Over the past 12 years, she has been promoted to increasingly more responsible positions at USIS. Beginning in June 2007, Ms. Kirton served as director of Human Resources for the Investigative Services Division. Before that, she filled the role of director for that division's Staffing and Employee Development, where she managed efficient and timely recruitment of new employees and developed defined career paths within the division. Ms. Kirton also led a team leader development program.

      Prior to USIS, Ms. Kirton worked in HR leadership roles in the retail and hospitality industries.

      Ms. Kirton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.

      Keith R. Simmons — Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
      Keith R. Simmons is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel.  He also serves as Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Boards of Directors for USIS and its subsidiaries.  Mr. Simmons is responsible for providing legal counsel and services, regarding corporate governance, regulatory compliance, contractual and intellectual property matters as well as general corporate legal  matters, primarily in support of the USIS Government Services Group.

      In 2005, Mr. Simmons joined USIS as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Boards of Directors bringing nearly 30 years of legal experience to the company. Before joining USIS, Mr. Simmons held senior legal counsel positions including General Counsel for the technology company, SEI, Inc., in Harrisonburg, Va., and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Grove Worldwide LLC, a manufacturer of capital equipment in Shady Grove, Pa.

      Mr. Simmons has a broad legal and general business background with public and private companies. His expertise includes corporate law and governance, business litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, and commercial and government contract law.

      In 1972, Mr. Simmons earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 1977.

      Mitch Lawrence – Vice President, Security and Counterintelligence
      Mitch Lawrence is the Vice President of Security and Counterintelligence (CI) for USIS. Mr. Lawrence is responsible for day-to-day security operations and security compliance for USIS, as well as all counterintelligence concerns.

      Prior to coming to USIS, Mr. Lawrence gained more than 30 years experience in special security, working in the intelligence community and Department of Defense in various security areas such as program, personnel, information technology, facility, operations, training and management. His government career includes working for the NSA and CIA. After leaving government, Mr. Lawrence served as a business unit executive for a federal professional services firm before joining AT&T Government Solutions as Director of Security. Most recently, he served as Director of Security for KEYW Corporation, a publicly traded federal contractor for the intelligence community.

      Mr. Lawrence is active in numerous professional security associations that help shape the industry. In addition he was named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine for 2012.

      Mr. Lawrence holds a masters degree from Eastern Michigan University in Information Security and an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Political Science.

      Rob Giannetta – Chief Information Officer
      Rob Giannetta is the Chief Information Officer for USIS. Mr. Giannetta directs all strategic technology planning and design, focusing on optimizing constituent areas, including software development, project management, IT security, infrastructure, and business processes, in support of company goals. He is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

      Mr. Giannetta has more than 30 years of progressive experience in technology, with the past 15 years spent in senior IT leadership roles. In his most recent roles as Business Technology Officer and Vice President of Application Services with BAE Systems Inc., he led several strategy and transformation initiatives and managed teams of up to 300 employees and consultants in a variety of technical functions. BAE Systems provides secure IT systems for defense, commercial and law enforcement applications. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Giannetta held roles of increasing responsibility within Sprint Nextel Corporation, the third-leading wireless carrier in the U.S., with his last six years spent as the IT Director of several different divisions within the company.

      Mr. Giannetta holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University. Mr. Giannetta serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors, and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

      Adelle Elia – Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
      Adelle Elia is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for USIS. Ms. Elia is responsible for designing, implementing and managing a USIS ethics and compliance program that sets the tone for compliance standards, annually trains and certifies employees, ensures ongoing compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements, and promotes an organizational culture that encourages ethical and compliant conduct.

      She has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting and operations, including significant experience with government contractors, assessing risk, building ethics programs, developing employee training, as well as conducting audits and investigations. Most recently, Ms. Elia served as Director of Ethics & Compliance for UNICOM Government, a federal contractor within the UNICOM Global portfolio of companies. In that capacity, she designed, developed and implemented the first corporate-wide ethics program for the company. She has also served as the Managing Director of the Ethical Hacking Center of Excellence at International Network Services, now part of BT Americas, where she managed the Ethical Hacking services division, providing penetration testing to Fortune 1000 clients in financial services, retail and other verticals.

      Ms. Elia holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Physics from the University of Miami and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), as well as a Certified Internal Auditor(CIA).

      Laura Jones – Vice President, Business Development
      Laura Jones is the Vice President, Business Development for USIS. She is the lead executive responsible for all new business for USIS. Ms. Jones is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

      Ms. Jones has more than 18 years of experience working with the Federal, State and Local Government as well as more than 14 years of Executive Business Development experience focused in the areas of services, software and enterprise solutions. For the past eight years, she has supported a specialized focus in the area of biometrics, identity and credentialing solutions.  

      Ms. Jones was previously at SAIC, where she was Vice President, Business Development for the $1.2B Technical Services and Enterprise IT business. Prior to that position, she served as the Vice President of Business Development for the $850M+ Homeland and Civilian Solutions Business Unit, where she managed a team of 45 professionals in the areas of business development, sales, marketing and communications, capture and proposal development professionals.

      Prior to joining SAIC, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President of Business Development for the Homeland Security Solutions Sector of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). There she was responsible for the strategic planning, analysis, business development and management of the Homeland Security account team.

      Ms. Jones holds a Master of Business Administration degree from La Salle University School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University.

      Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

      by oblomov on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:41:46 PM PST

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  •  The flip side of this (2+ / 0-)
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    Is the Administration's focus on stopping leaks, prosecuting leakers and the draconian rules subjecting those who fail to turn in co-workers liable and subject to discipline.

    Ironic that this is a whistle blower lawsuit but I guess it proves occasionally such people don't get disciplined or imprisoned for doing the right thing.

  •  Thanks a lot Al Gore and Bill Clinton! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  why was it even outsourced (4+ / 0-)

    the privatization of government jobs is horrid

  •  Do they do background checks (2+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, WakeUpNeo

    on South African translators?

  •  Wait (0+ / 0-)

    Is this a fact:

    Remember how that private contractor botched the security background check on the Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis? And on Edward Snowden?
    Might be wrong, but my impression is that (1) USIS did not acknowledge that its investigatin of Snowden was flawed (or fraudulent) and (2) most articles today (the Guardian, e.g.) are not making the connection between USIS's fraud change and Snowden. Yes, to thousands of others, but not the Snowden. Am I wrong about this??
  •  This will shake the foundations--not. (2+ / 0-)
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    Hastur, JerryNA

    Civil complaint.  LLC.

    The fucks who made millions off yet another "national security" scam have already pocketed their dollars and this won't touch them.

    Let me know when there are criminal indictments against these scam artists who not only steal our money but our civil rights.

  •  Finally (2+ / 0-)
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    I understand how I could get a security clearance.

  •  This ones a wow factor (0+ / 0-)
  •  This will shake the foundations--NOT. (2+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA, ifthethunderdontgetya

    A civil suit?  Against a LLC?

    Wow.  That's really letting them have it.

    The fuckers who made bucks off this must be laughing their asses off.  That LLC will have to declare bankruptcy like Freedom Industries.  What a loss.  The feds will probably recover  two old desks and a computer--without a hard drive.

    Let me know when the assholes who used this company to steal our money and violate our rights are under indictment from Mr. Enforce-All-the Laws Holder.

  •  So it was Gore? (1+ / 0-)
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    Jesus Christ on a crutch. Gore was part of the privatization scam, too? Privatization is the cancer that's killing democracy from "charter schools" to "consultants" it's all one giant scam.

  •  USIS is owned by Mantech International (0+ / 0-)

    (of RickRenzi scandal fame). Mantech also happens to own... the former HBGary. What a wicked web.

    "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

    by LieparDestin on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:24:21 PM PST

  •  The scum coming to light... (0+ / 0-) and recently indicates, to me, that we should call this Sordid Thursday as in Thordid Thursday.

    The only thing needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing." Hannah Arendt, German-Jewish holocaust survivor, philosopher, historian.

    by dharmasyd on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:27:15 PM PST

  •  Some government functions should not be privatized (0+ / 0-)

    This is proof that this government rush to privatize services has gone too far. Privatizing security clearances for the federal government is just one example of a bad idea. Privatizing military services (i.e. Blackwater/Xe) is a bad idea. In many locations they have even moved to privatizing public safety such as police and fire protection. This may be a libertarian's wet dream, but it is a societal nightmare. Think about it, America-do you really want YOUR public safety to be determined by a company that's main motive is to make a profit?

  •  Wow, seeded through and through with moles and (0+ / 0-)

    security risks is my guess about whatever agencies were staffed by these grifters and saboteurs.

    Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

    by Gurnt on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:37:36 PM PST

  •  So the Snowden haters (0+ / 0-)

    continue to be exposed as gullible bots.

    I hope some of them will finally figure it out...Obama is NOT on your side.  He works for the banks and the M.I.C.

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