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

  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 …

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U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors.

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President Obama to Announce Executive Order to Ban the Box for Federal Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States President Barack Obama will announce an Executive Order to Ban the Box and remove the question about the criminal history of applicants from the job applications for hiring by federal employers, according to “FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration …

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E-Verify Extended to December 11 After Government Shutdown Avoided

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system due to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015 was extended to December 11, 2015 within hours of the deadline as part of a continuing resolution that funded the federal budget short term to avoid a …

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Fair Chance Act Would Ban the Box for Federal Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation – The Fair Chance Act – that would “Ban the Box” and give ex-offenders a fair chance at finding employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until a conditional …

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DOJ and Background Check Contractor Settle Case for $30 Million

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Justice Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a background check contractor agreed to settle allegations of allegedly failing to perform required quality control reviews on background check investigations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA).

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OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page.

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Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. Information about the OPM background …

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GAO Calls for Review of Background Checks Contractor

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called for a review of a contract worth nearly $200 million awarded to a contractor of background checks and recommended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consider stripping the contract from a unit of the firm due to fraud allegations …

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Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports.

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