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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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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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