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continued from page 4 November 11, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 17 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com FERS Retirement Your 2013 Your FERS Retirement - 2013 Edition Your FERS Retirement is the #1 best-selling retirement publication specific to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Order our latest edition for step-by-step instructions and expert advice on: • Calculating your basic annuity and adjusting for life changes • Health insurance (FEHBP) benefits during retirement • Determining your amount of creditable service • And more! Get the retirement you deserve - order Your FERS Retirement today! www.FederalDAILY.com/catalog or 800.989.3363 ORDER THE 2013 EDITION TODAY! tractor that conducted federal background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management failed to perform quality con- trol reviews in connection with those inves- tigations. The lawsuit was brought against United States Investigations Services LLC by a former employee under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, DOJ said. Under that law, government is permit- ted to investigate allegations made in such a complaint, and then decide whether to intervene in the lawsuit. DOJ said it now is intervening in the case based on the results of its investigation, and has asked the court to give it until Jan. 22 to file its own complaint. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. USIS has contracted with OPM since 1996 to perform background investiga- tions on individuals seeking employment with various federal agencies, DOJ said. According to the department, the com- pany’s contract required a trained USIS reviewer to perform a full review of each background investigation to ensure it con- formed to OPM standards. That review was to be performed before files were sent back to OPM for processing, DOJ said. According to allegations in the com- plaint, in order to meet revenue targets and maximize its profits, USIS allegedly used a proprietary software program to automati- cally send OPM background investigations that had not gone through the full review process, and then allegedly improperly billed OPM for investigations it knew were not performed in accordance with the contract. DOJ cautioned that the claims made against USIS “are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liabil- ity.” See more on the lawsuit at: www.justice. gov/opa/pr/2013/October/13-civ-1158.html. ••• In Brief AFGE wants tightened security at TSA checkpoints The American Federation of Government Employees is calling for a review of security procedures at airport checkpoints in the wake of the recent killing of a Transportation Security Administration security officer and wounding of two other people at Los Angeles International Airport. The slain officer, Gerardo Hernandez, is the first transportation security officer killed in the line of duty. “The sad truth is that our TSA officers are subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks while performing their security duties,” said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government continued on page 8
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