Professional services firm US Investigations Services, LLC (USIS) Wednesday evening said it remains committed to its Global Security and Solutions (GS&S) business following a federal agency’s decision a day earlier not to award further contract options to the company for background investigations.
The background investigations field work and services done by USIS for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is actually done by the company’s Investigations Services Division. That work, worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually, formed the vast majority of the division’s business base.
The GS&S business, which has more than $240 million in sales, provides services and support in security, intelligence, litigation, training and records management. GS&S has more than 2,500 employees and a customer base that includes more than 20 government agencies.
USIS said OPM’s decision “does not adversely impact GS&S’ ability to serve these valued customers,” adding that the business doesn’t perform background investigations.
The OPM contract will expire on Sept. 30. USIS said it disagrees with the decision and is “reviewing it,” with plans to “fulfill our obligations to ensure an orderly transition.”
USIS earlier this summer self-reported a cyber attack that the company had detected against its networks. The Wall Street Journal in early August said the federal government had temporarily suspended a lot of the company’s work following disclosure of the cyber attack.
The company has also been assailed for allegedly failing to adequately perform background checks on Aaron Alexis, the shooter in a tragic incident at the Navy Yard, and Edward Snowden, who stole classified information from the National Security Agency. USIS said on Tuesday that neither of the individuals’ “background investigations are at issue in the U.S. Department of Justice civil action that was filed against the Company last year.”
USIS is brand company of Altegrity, Inc., which is a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners. Altegrity also oversees the Kroll and HireRight brands.