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.”
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.”