Tag Archives: Government Background Checks

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

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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” such as identifiers and platforms from the past five years. If approved, the rule takes effect May 18, 2017. Continue reading

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

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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 employment and considered on their qualifications like other applicants, according to a news release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Continue reading

National Background Investigations Bureau Launched to Ensure Integrity of Federal Workforce

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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.” Continue reading

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

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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 Services (FIS) to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). Continue reading

FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting

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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 Washington Post. Continue reading

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

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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 its proposed rule concerning revisions to federal agency hiring practices. Continue reading

Senators Raise Concerns about New Security Clearance Agency NBIB

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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 National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), according to a press release on Senator McCaskill’s website. Continue reading

White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer. The public has until July 1, 2016, to submit comments here before a final rule is issued. Continue reading

President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has written an advocacy letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 100 organizations and individuals that both commends the administration’s “commitment to reducing barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records” but also asks “for additional action that extends ban the box and fair chance hiring to the nation’s government contractors.” Continue reading

Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from Reuters on the Census Discrimination Lawsuit website. Continue reading