NCS Pearson to refund government for TSA overcharges

NCS Pearson Inc. has agreed to pay $5.6 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with a contract to help the Transportation Security Administration hire airport security screeners, reports The Washington Post.

The agency hired the contractor to rapidly deploy a government screening workforce, including hiring and training, following the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Investigators alleged that Pearson "overcharged TSA in connection with that contract by billing incorrect rates for subcontractor labor." Joining forces on the investigation were the Justice Department's civil division, the Homeland Security Department's inspector general's office and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

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