An Oldie but Goodie

Before OPM there was USIS. Or is it the other way around? This old PR announcement is worth saving for those interested in understanding how our federal personnel system has become thoroughly trashed.

“USIS appoints Michael Aytes as Director, Homeland Security Programs

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 26, 2012 – US Investigations Services, LLC (USIS), the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government, today announced that Michael Aytes has been appointed director, Homeland Security Programs. Mr. Aytes will be responsible for all aspects of program management and performance for USIS activities relating to a wide range of solutions and for developing new business opportunities in homeland security. He will report to Jonathan Goldman, vice president, Records Management Programs at USIS.

Mr. Aytes joins USIS following a 34-year career with the federal government in the immigration field. He most recently worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was senior advisor to the USCIS director. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Aytes served as the acting deputy director of USCIS and served as the acting head from November 2008 to August 2009, where he managed the agency’s 10,000 federal employees and 8,000 contract staff. In 2005, he became the associate director of USCIS domestic operations, managing a workforce of more than 12,000 and a budget of more than $1 billion. Under his leadership, the agency successfully completed a rigorous multi-year backlog reduction initiative by expanding operations, meeting benchmarks to improve service levels and reducing application processing times to successfully reach a series of aggressive service improvement goals.

“Mike brings a wealth of experience to our team,” said Mr. Goldman. “His extensive background and expertise in the immigration and homeland security arena will be a tremendous asset to USIS and our customers. He is a consummate professional and will be a catalyst for ensuring that we continue to provide customer-centric solutions to our federal government clients.”

From 1977 to 2003, Mr. Aytes worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (the USCIS legacy organization) in various leadership positions. Mr. Aytes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

“USIS is a proven leader in providing innovative services and solutions to the federal government,” said Mr. Aytes. “I am thrilled to join this team of experienced professionals and look forward to the opportunity to assist our federal customer in effectively and efficiently carrying out its immigration services mission.”

About USIS

USIS provides services under more than 100 contracts and is the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government. It has more than 6,600 employees working in all 50 states and overseas. USIS offers litigation support as well as customized solutions for helping government clients manage records, information and documents. In addition, it specializes in construction surveillance services, physical/personnel/facility security and investigative analytics.”

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Troll Wars

Coming soon to the global world order. Can Hillary be a better Troll patron than Putin? Can Hillary’s Trolls match Trump’s Trolls?

Hillary Clinton who is running for President of the United States or more precisely to see which current, remaining  candidate can be America’s Putin has launched her own Troll Army on social media sites, see Breitbart


Game of Trolls

Game of Trolls




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Cogan’s Bluff in Brooklyn?



Is Judge Brian Cogan seriously pushing the Justice Department to go after two lawyers who are simply attempting to defend their clients, innocent victims of a financial fraud perpetrated on them by Felix Sater a government informant who appeared to use his CI status as a cover to carry out the fleecing of their clients?

Also check out Sater’s American lawyer who makes a ludicrous claim about Sater saving millions of Americans lives. He appears to reference some of the very information he argues needs to be sealed in his own self promotional material. Even stranger the lawyer appears to have unsealed  information he wants sealed in a suit filed on Sater’s behalf in Israel in an effort to intimidate a possible litigant against Sater here in the US.

Also worth asking in this case – Does anyone really think Sater was operating in Russia without the Russian government’s knowledge? Can Russian mafia figures in the US really ever come out of Putin’s trench coat?

This is an ugly, ugly case of judicial overreach where a judge appears to be pushing the Justice Department to not only go after two lawyers simply doing their sworn duty to defend their clients’ interests but also to trash the 1st Amendment and dump it in a Jersey landfill. For the Justice Department the appearance of a conflict of interest is reminiscent  of a legal system once practiced in the former Soviet Union.

But then again, perhaps Judge Cogan is simply bluffing, i.e., calling the government’s own bluff regarding just how kosher were the government’s dealings with Sater ?

Suggested movie title for the Sater Story: Black Mass?  Red Seder.






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Rogue Lawyers or Rogue DOJ?

Or maybe just a total mess, the Felix Sater saga meets the press once again.

Was Donald Trump asked to help or work with Sater the second time around?

Are more people endangered by keeping files sealed than by opening them?

Did Judge Cogan consider the latter question?



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Bushwacking Cruz: Roger Stone Reaches Out to Felix Sater?

In addition to advising Trump, Felix Sater has also identified himself as advisor to Neil Bush and his oil company. Stone’s attack on Bush in today’s Daily Caller reads like a Mother Jones’ article. This may be a line of attack Stone regrets opening. Is this pay back for Cruz raising the Sater-Trump connection?

No doubt Loretta Lynch and Leslie Caldwell may eventually be needed to moderate/silence this line of attack.


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DHS Has Long History of Smearing Whistleblowers

The Daily Caller is reporting that the DHS OIG is investigating a smear campaign by DHS officials against an ICE whistleblower. Though serious and possibly criminal, in 2006 DHS went even further when officials (legacy INS officials) used a faux whistleblower to smear and retaliate against the very whistleblowers who he was relying on for his testimony in front of Congress.



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