Tag Archives: Government Background Checks

E-Verify Extended to December 11 After Government Shutdown Avoided

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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 government shutdown, according to a report from The Daily Signal. Continue reading

Fair Chance Act Would Ban the Box for Federal Contractors

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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 offer of employment is received, according to a press release on the website of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Continue reading

DOJ and Background Check Contractor Settle Case for $30 Million

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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). Continue reading

OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

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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. Continue reading

Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People

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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 check database incident will be updated regularly at https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/. Continue reading

GAO Calls for Review of Background Checks Contractor

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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 against the parent company, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal available online at http://online.wsj.com/articles/gao-recommends-government-strip-background-check-work-from-contractor-1413842400. Continue reading

Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

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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. Continue reading

Government Background Checks May Be Impacted By Stop Work Order

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A stop-work order issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a U.S. contractor conducting the majority of government background checks “could significantly impact the security clearance process,” according to a report from The Washington Post. Continue reading

Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post. Continue reading

DHS Questioned about Contract to Background Check Firm

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ESR News BlogRepresentative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) have written a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation about the awarding of a $190 million contract to a background check firm accused of “alleged fraudulent activity” with investigations in the past, according to a Federal News Radio report available at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/473/3664684/Congressmen-demand-answers-from-DHS-over-new-USIS-contract. Continue reading