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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Government Background Checks May Be Impacted By Stop Work Order

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.

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Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

  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.

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DHS Questioned about Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Representative 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 …

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DHS Awards $190 Million Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new $190 million contract to a background check firm once accused of “defrauding the government while carrying out background checks on millions of people” but never blocked from federal work, according to a report from The Wall Street …

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Audit Examines Government Background Check Contractors

Written By Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Office of Audits has conducted an ‘AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES’ CASE REVIEW PROCESS OVER BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS’ to ensure government background check contractors meet contract requirements. The audit is available at http://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/reports/2014/audit-of-the-federal-investigative-services-case-review-process-over-background-investigations.pdf.

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US Government Accuses Security Contractor of Faking 665000 Completed Background Checks

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a private security company contracted to provide background investigations to the federal government of faking at least 665,000 completed background checks while receiving nearly $12 million in bonus payments from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from CNN available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/us-background-check-fraud/index.html.

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Government Shutdown Making Employers in States with E-Verify Laws Nervous to Hire New Workers

Employers in states such as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina with mandatory E-Verify usage laws for most or all businesses are nervous about hiring new workers since the electronic employment eligibility verification system became unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, according to a report from …

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EEOC and FTC Among Many Federal Agencies Closed During Government Shutdown

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that promotes consumer protection and fair business practices, are among the many federal agencies related to the workplace that are closed during the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013. The EEOC …

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