OIG Audit Report Finds Census Bureau Background Check Program Not Fully Prepared for 2020 Census

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February of 2018, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit report entitled “2020 Census: The Bureau’s Background Check Office Is Not Fully Prepared for the 2020 Census” that reviewed the revised background check policies and procedures of the United States Census Bureau as well …

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E-Verify Unavailable During U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to a lapse in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations caused by the United States federal government shutdown, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 22, 2018. (UPDATE 01/22/2018: CNN reports the U.S. …

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How U.S. Federal Government Shutdown May Impact Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With a United States federal government shutdown occurring after the U.S. Senate did not approve an appropriations bill before the deadline of midnight on January 19, 2018, employers would be wise to recall the impact felt from the United States federal government shutdown of 2013. (UPDATE 01/22/2018: CNN reports the U.S. …

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State Department Publishes Notice in Federal Register Proposing to Expand Social Media Screening of Visa Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register requesting emergency approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to expand the collection of information though social media screening of some visa applicants by requiring them to divulge their social media “handles” …

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Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal …

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National Background Investigations Bureau Launched to Ensure Integrity of Federal Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 1, 2016, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) was officially launched with the mission of “delivering efficient and effective background investigations to ensure the integrity and trustworthiness of the Federal workforce.”

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Senators Send Second Letter to OPM about Progress of the National Background Investigations Bureau

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In a follow up to a letter sent in May 2016, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) have sent a second letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) expressing concern about the transition of the government background check process from the Federal Investigative …

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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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NAPBS Submits Comments to OPM on Proposed Revisions to Federal Agency Hiring Practices

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – which currently represents more than 750 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States – has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) request for comment on …

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Senators Raise Concerns about New Security Clearance Agency NBIB

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) have written a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that raises concerns about the transition of federal security clearance background checks from the old Federal Investigative Services (FIS) to a newly created agency called the …

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