If you drive a glass MTA bus you should not throw stones

A recent MTA OIG report conducted a “review of the background and criminal history verification process for the largest classification of employees (the Competitive Class) that MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit or NYCT) hires.”  The report concluded that the process used by the two agencies for “properly vett[ing Competitive Class hires is] significantly… Continue reading If you drive a glass MTA bus you should not throw stones

FBI checks fall short — again

A recent article in the New York Times on O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing highlights the ongoing challenge of the FBI database as insufficient to understand a person’s criminal past. The August 11 story is Nevada Parole Board Unaware of O.J. Simpson’s Old Conviction.  The story notes that “[d]uring [O.J. Simpson’s parole board] hearing on July… Continue reading FBI checks fall short — again

New story, old problem: FBI data ineffective for national criminal check for employment or housing

An recent article in the New York Times on O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing highlights the ongoing challenge of the FBI database as insufficient to understand a person’s criminal past. The August 11 story is Nevada Parole Board Unaware of O.J. Simpson’s Old Conviction. In it, it we are told that “[d]uring [O.J. Simpson’s parole board]… Continue reading New story, old problem: FBI data ineffective for national criminal check for employment or housing

Checking the Checks on Massachusetts Ridesharing Drivers

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities released a flawed report on background screenings that relied upon data findings that could violate consumer protections under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and state law if a non-government agency made those same findings.  The report has been summarized in the… Continue reading Checking the Checks on Massachusetts Ridesharing Drivers

Fingerprint Database: Hacked

When the infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, was asked why he robbed banks, he replied simply, “because that’s where the money is.” If fingerprints are Coronado’s illusive “gold standard” than Fort Knox was robbed in 2015.  The Washington Post reported that “[o]ne of the scariest parts of the massive cybersecurity breaches at the Office of… Continue reading Fingerprint Database: Hacked

Did you know…States conduct name-based criminal background checks?

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed state criminal history record repositories and found that in 2014, 43 states performed over 19.4 million name-based criminal background checks for non-criminal justice purposes.  This clearly shows the power of name-based criminal checks for employment and other purposes to help protect the public in the workplace… Continue reading Did you know…States conduct name-based criminal background checks?

Eric Holder Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint Checks

Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General under President Obama, wrote three letters in June 2016 to local and state officials urging them not to require fingerprint-based background checks for purposes unrelated to law enforcement.  These letters were reported in The Hill. “When I served as U.S. Attorney General, I asked Attorneys General in every state… Continue reading Eric Holder Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint Checks