Government Spending Bill Includes Fix NICS Act to Strengthen National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2018, United States President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes the “Fix NICS Act” which will strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot illegally …

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FBI Gives Behind the Scenes Look at Security for Super Bowl LII

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is giving a behind the scenes look at security for Super Bowl LII where the Philadelphia Eagles will play the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, February 4, 2018, thanks to the story “Super Bowl Security” on …

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Fix NICS Act of 2017 Aims to Ensure Accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2017, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) – on behalf of a bipartisan group of Senators – introduced the “Fix NICS Act of 2017” to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal …

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Texas Church Shooting Suspect Passed Gun Background Check Despite Military Court-Martial for Assault

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Updated November 7, 2017) The deceased suspect in a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded – which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history – passed a background check required to purchase the …

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NAPBS Submits Comments to California Public Utilities Commission Concerning Transportation Network Companies

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments requested by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the background checks of prospective Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers under the ‘California Public Service Commission Rulemaking 12-12-011’ (Order Instituting Rulemaking on Regulations Relating to Passenger …

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FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The families of nine victims killed in the June 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a background check error that supposedly allowed the alleged shooter to purchase his gun, according to a story in The …

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FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website.

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Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from …

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Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Although the number of deaths related to workplace violence by co-workers remains relatively small, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows this type of workplace violence incident is rising nationwide, according to the article ‘Active shooters at work on rise’ on the Houston Chronicle website.

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Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 …

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