Hewlett-Packard cuts ties with Navy Yard shooter's employer

By Marjorie Censer
Courtesy of the Associated Press

September 26, 2013 (c) 2013, The Washington Post.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday that it has terminated its relationship with The Experts, following a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in which an employee of the subcontractor, Aaron Alexis, killed 12 people.

In a letter sent to Thomas Hoshko, chief executive of the Florida-based company, a Hewlett-Packard executive wrote that the tech giant "has lost all confidence in The Experts' ability to meet its contractual obligations and serve as an HP subcontractor."

The news is the latest blow to The Experts, which has come under scrutiny as reports emerged that Alexis was hired and retained despite past arrests and mental health issues.

"Based on what we now know about The Experts' conduct, including its failure to respond appropriately to Aaron Alexis' mental health issues and certain incidents recently reported in the press, HP has terminated its relationship with The Experts," an HP spokesman said in a statement.

Alexis, 34, was hired to help update and replace computer systems at Navy and Marine Corps installations. In recent months, he worked at multiple naval locations, including in North Carolina and Virginia.

The Experts has said it employed Alexis for about six months. The company said it confirmed his secret-level security clearance with the Defense Department after it hired him in September 2012 and again in late June 2013, after Alexis returned from a hiatus. The company has said it hired an outside company to handle two background checks of Alexis.

In the letter, Henry Dreschler, who oversees global contingent labor at HP, said that The Experts did not meet HP expectations for its subcontractors. As a result, all work covered by the companies' agreement is suspended, Dreschler said, and HP said it will not place future orders with company.

Calls and emails to The Experts were not immediately returned.