Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) and the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) have come together to develop Public Access Software Specifications (PASS) to help courts meet the greater demand on public access due to policy concerning background screening and more precise legal standards.

PASS facilitates the ability of court administrators to implement software that improves the quality, accuracy, and efficiency of public records. PBSA and CDIA members normalize thousands of records every year, and PASS brings their unique expertise and perspectives directly to court administrators.

The PASS Task Force was intended to work with providers of court administration software to create a “Public Access Software Specification” that provides complete and accurate information concerning the individual about whom the background check report relates and would include the following:

  • A set of standard options for what information must be included in search requests, what information will be provided in results, and how search request information will (transparently) be matched to records; and
  • A set of standard options for what information will be included in bulk files, and what types of files are provided (full file refreshes, adds, changes, deletes).

PASS offers a number of different methods to interact with the systems and platforms for records in Courts. These standards establish technical and operational requirements for access to electronic court records by the public, special user groups, judges, and court and clerk’s office personnel.

PASS is intended for Court Researchers, Data Aggregators, Consumer Reporting Agencies, Court Administrators, Law Enforcement Records Administration, Court Software/Platform Providers, and Software Developers that interact with the Court Administration Software. The Public Access Software Specifications can be read here.

The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) formerly the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is a nonprofit trade organization that represents the interests of background screening firms in the United States. To learn more about the PBSA, visit https://thepbsa.org/.

The Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) is the voice of the consumer reporting industry, representing consumer reporting agencies, including the nationwide credit bureaus, regional and specialized credit bureaus, and background check companies. To learn more about the CDIA, visit www.cdiaonline.org.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a leading global provider of background check services and solutions that is accredited by the PBSA for successfully proving compliance with the PBSA’s Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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