After losing a contract, Omniplex World Services, a firm that provides background investigation services to the federal government, said it must terminate 344 people at its Hanover office by May so they can apply for work with the new contractor, a spokeswoman said.
The company, a unit of Constellis, a Reston, Virginia-based security services firm, notified the the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that those workers would lose their jobs April 30.
“Omniplex lost the contract at Hanover and the 344 employees have the right of first refusal with the new company,” said Suzanne Piner, director of marketing and communications for Constellis. “In order for the employees to apply with the new company, they need to be termed from Constellis.
“It is not a layoff, it provides them the opportunity to stay on the contract with the new company.”
In addition to background investigations for federal employment, Omniplex provides security services including armed and unarmed security to the federal government, particularly the intelligence community and Department of Homeland Security, according to its website.
Constellis acquired Omniplex in August 2017 to expand its security services work with the federal government. At the time, Omniplex reportedly employed about 3,800 people.
11:30 a.m. Wednesday: This story has been updated with the company’s statement explaining it lost the contract and the employees need to be terminated so they can apply for work with the new contractor.