USIS

  • The power of content in GovCon

    Patricia Davis-Muffett, director of Public Sector marketing for Amazon Web Services joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center for a wide ranging discussion of GovCon marketing. She also gives a preview of the upcoming AWS Public Sector Summit that begins on June 10th.

  • How a 3-year-old decision still haunts OPM’s security clearance efforts

    In part two of a two-part special report, “Is splitting the security clearance process destined for failure?” Federal News Radio explains how a series of poor decisions and mismanagement led to today’s investigative backlog.

  • Adelle Elia: Vendor compliance seems harder now than ever before

    Suspension and debarment officials have been cracking down on government vendors that are out of compliance for what sometimes seem like minor missteps, and vendors are also apt to criticize what they see as a wave of regulations. Adelle Elia, a consultant and former Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at USIS, spoke with Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller at the 34th Annual Government Contract Management Symposium about why compliance seems harder now than ever before. Miller shares that interview with Jared Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • OPM’s quality check on background investigation cases not up to IG standards

    The Office of Personnel Management’s watchdog says a quality assessment conducted by the agency on questionable background investigations has some problems of its own.

  • Bid-protest decision impacting mergers and acquisitions

    GAO says contracting officers should make a new determination of responsibility if a company is sold while bidding on a contract.

  • Justice gets USIS to give up $30M to settle False Claims Act case

    Altegrity, USIS’s parent company, agreed to forgo at least $30 million in fees the government owed it in return for not being held liable for alleged violations of the “dumping” or “flushing” security clearances over a 18-year period.

  • Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don’t have unlimited discretion. That’s what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week’s Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

  • Rob Burton, partner, Venable

    The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn’t properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He’s also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS’s future.

  • GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

    The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it’s indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

  • GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

    The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it’s indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.