Booz Allen announces external review following stolen documents by contractor

Booz Allen announces external review following stolen documents by contractor
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Booz Allen Hamilton announced Thursday that former FBI director Robert Mueller is conducting an “external review” of the firm, after a former employee was arrested for removing classified information from its offices. 

Mueller will investigate “security, personnel, and management processes and practices” at the company, Vice President of External Affairs Craig Veith said in a statement.

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“We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, take the trust of our clients seriously and are proud to support our country’s important national security missions. We are committed to doing our part to detect potential insider threats, which are complex and constantly evolving,” Veith wrote. 

According to the release, Mueller’s investigation began on Oct. 19.

The Justice Department said it intends to pursue espionage charges against former National Security Agency contractor Harold Martin, who the FBI said stored a massive cache of “sensitive” materials in his home and car. Those materials allegedly included cyber weaponry.  

Martin has already been charged with unauthorized removal of classified materials.

“We fired Harold Martin as soon as we learned of his arrest, and we have been fully cooperating with the FBI’s investigation,” Veith noted. 

Martin, like NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was a contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton – raising the specter the problem of removing sensitive files from the firm was systemic. But former CIA director Mike Morrell said after Martin’s arrest that the two men coming from the same firm probably had more to do with the small number of major defense contracting firms, rather than pointing to a larger issue at hand. 

 “There’s only a handful of these really big, what we in government used to call ‘body shops,’ so the chances of a bad person coming out of one of those big-three is really high,” he said.

Veith said the company is confident Mueller “will conduct an objective, thorough and valuable review.”

“We are an organization that prides itself on constant learning. If there are areas where Booz Allen can improve, we will address them,” he said.