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

DOJ Lawsuit Over Rental Screening

Yesterday, the DOJ announced that “filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Hesperia, California, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California discriminated against African American and Latino renters in violation of the Fair Housing Act.”  This litigation could create new ammunition to special-interest tenant advocates and policymakers who want to impose further… Continue reading DOJ Lawsuit Over Rental Screening

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

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?

HHS Seeks Info on Background Checks

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) to help improve the quality of care of home and community-based services (HCBS) provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. CDIA has commented to CMS before, in connection with long-term care, and we will again convey to CMS the importance of name-based criminal background… Continue reading HHS Seeks Info on 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

Name-based criminal background checks; A refresher

In the wake of some recent stories toting the perceived benefits of fingerprint checks for workers, CDIA wants to remind readers that name-based criminal background checks are the most effective and thorough way to screen out those with a criminal past.  For example, FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris said that “[t]he misnomer is that FBI has… Continue reading Name-based criminal background checks; A refresher