Tag Archives: Government Background Checks

Audit Examines Government Background Check Contractors

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR NewsThe 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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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 The Guardian available at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/everify-offline-shutdown-employers-hiring. Continue reading

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 shutdown notice is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/shutdown_notice.cfm and the FTC shutdown notice is available at http://www.ftc.gov/shutdown.html. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Means Federal E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Unavailable

The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is currently unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began today, October 1, 2013, according to an alert on the E-Verify page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The complete alert about the E-Verify unavailability is available at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES. Continue reading

Congressional Briefing on Consequences of Inaccurate Background Checks for Employment Scheduled for October 1

A Congressional Briefing entitled ‘The Consequences of Inaccurate Employment Background Checks’ that should feature a report from the National Law Employment Project (NELP) – ‘Wanted: Accurate FBI Background Checks for Employment’ – that examines the accuracy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building (CHOB) in Washington D.C. The report from NELP is available at http://www.nelp.org/accurateFBIrecords. Continue reading

Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1

A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government.  The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:30 AM. For more information, visit http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/the-navy-yard-tragedy-examining-government-clearances-and-background-checks. Continue reading

Government Background Check System Gave Navy Yard Gunman Security Clearance despite Arrest History

The U.S. government’s background check system gave Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, a military contractor and former Navy reservist, an all-access secret-level clearance pass to a several military installations despite a history of arrests and disorderly conduct, according to a report from The Washington Post. Officials say Alexis used his security clearance pass to enter the Washington Navy Yard and shoot 12 people to death before being killed by police. The complete Washington Post report is available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/contractor-would-not-have-hired-aaron-alexis-if-past-brushes-with-law-had-been-known/2013/09/17/e5bc83da-1faa-11e3-8459-657e0c72fec8_story.html. Continue reading

Background Check of National Security Agency Leaker Found to be Inadequate

A federal review of the most recent background check conducted on former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has found that the security clearance investigation of Snowden – who later leaked classified government documents about secret surveillance programs – was inadequate, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The article from the WSJ is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906304579039381125706104.html. Continue reading

Accuracy of Background Checks Under Greater Scrutiny after Reported Cases of Falsified Investigations

The accuracy of background checks has come under greater scrutiny after several reported cases of falsified investigations. The Federal Times reports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – which oversees background investigations for the government – is investigating a growing list of cases involving the alleged falsifying of security clearance background checks while a “consistent backlog” of similar cases awaits investigation due to a lack of resources. The complete story is available at http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130707/ACQUISITION03/307070009/Backlog-bogus-background-checks-grows. Continue reading