Federal Contractor USIS Failed To Conduct Adequate Background Check

Last month US Senator Claire McCaskill announced at a Senate hearing, that government contractor USIS conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor suspected of treason. In 2011 USIS performed a background investigation on Mr. Snowden for a security clearance; the company is now under criminal investigation for systemic failure to adequately conduct…

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Federal Background Screening Contractor Accused of “Dumping” Background Reports

U.S. prosecutors have filed charges against background screening company USIS (U.S. Investigations Services) for allegedly completing background reports without having gone through a quality review process. USIS utilized a computer program to “flush” or “dump” background checks which would label the report as “complete” when in fact no quality review was conducted. This is in…

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FCRA Compliance with the 7 Year Rule

Regulations for FCRA Background Check Criminal History Background Screening There are many people currently in distress over FCRA background check compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 7 year’s criminal history regulations. There seem to be issues on both sides of the fence. Both smaller and larger firms have had a recent history of…

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Employment Background Checks Should Be a “Pay-As-You-Go” Service

Pay-as-you-go Employment Background Checks Most employers decide to implement some form of employment background checks to ensure their applicant is a suitable fit with their organization. First, they must develop an ironclad compliant employment background screening policy that will enable the organization to effectively manage the background screening process. Once the policy is vetted and…

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Employment Background Checks Can Benefit Both Employers and Applicants Alike

More and more employers are using employment background checks to screen applicants in order to minimize potential legal and financial exposures. Rising concerns of workplace violence, negligent-hiring and wrongful termination lawsuits, and other problems are forcing many employers to make well informed hiring decisions. There are advantages for the employer including saving time and money,…

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Employers Use of Drug Screening Medical Marijuana Appplicants

In a landmark decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, it has been ruled that even though marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, federally it still considered an illegal drug which would violate employers’ right to keep a drug free workplace. The decision stems from a five year legal battle involving Brandon Coats, a…

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