Congress Urged to Retain Background Check Reforms in Intelligence Appropriations Bill to Reduce Backlog in Investigations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Representatives of industries supporting national security have sent a letter to House and Senate Intelligence Committee leaders urging them to retain critical background check reforms to the security clearance process in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 that would speed up information collection …

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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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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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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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