U.S. Government Agencies Will Take Closer Look at Background Screening Industry in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take a closer look at the background screening industry in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 …

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FTC & CFPB Extend Deadline for Comments on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) extended the deadline to submit comments on an Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop co-hosted by the two U.S. government agencies until January 31, 2020, according to a press release from the …

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CFPB Releases Special Edition of Supervisory Highlights on Consumer Reporting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In December 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – which helps businesses comply with Federal consumer financial law – released its Second Special Edition of Supervisory Highlights on Consumer Reporting that examined the areas of consumer reporting and furnishing of information to “consumer reporting companies (CRCs)” …

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Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Shows Rise in Work-Related Deaths

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 17, 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data from the 2018 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) that showed there were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 fatal work injuries …

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FTC and CFPB Hold Workshop on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 10, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) held a free public workshop on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting that examined issues affecting the accuracy of traditional credit reports and background screening reports. A video recording of the workshop is …

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FTC Publishes Agenda for Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop with CFPB

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which promotes competition while protecting and educating consumers – has published the final agenda with confirmed panelists for the Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop that the FTC will co-host with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, …

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First DOJ Semiannual Report on Fix NICS Act Finds Improvements Made to NICS

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 14, 2019, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted to Congress the first Attorney General’s Semiannual Report on the Fix NICS Act as required by the Fix NICS Act passed in March 2018 that found the government had made some improvements to the sharing …

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Report Reveals Iowa Department of Public Safety Issued 5,817 Licenses without Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 22, 2019, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report on a special investigation of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the period July 1, 2016, through August 15, 2018, that revealed 5,817 licenses were issued during that time without nationwide background checks. …

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Judge Rules Clerk Violated Freedom of Information Act by Not Releasing Court Records for Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, a Pulaski County Circuit Judge ruled in an open-record lawsuit that a Bentonville District Clerk violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release court records of a man undergoing a background check, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. …

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Sex Offender Hired by Census Bureau after OIG Report Warned Background Check System Inadequate

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A flaw in the background check system of the United States Census Bureau allowed a registered child sex offender to get a job with the agency in Charlotte, North Carolina after a government watchdog agency warned the system was “inadequate,” according to an investigation by FOX 46 …

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