Recently the U.S. Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), which aims to update and improve the nation’s workforce development system. Working with Washington, D.C. law firm Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, along with staff on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) successfully opposed background check language included in the Act.
The relevant section in the legislation relates to the Job Corps and the background screening language can be found in section 145(b)(1)(C). Initially, the legislation included language requiring a fingerprint-based background check for enrollees. Working with the Government Relations Committee, the NAPBS developed alternative language which allowed for a name-based search as opposed to a fingerprint-based search. Although this legislation does not include the actual NAPBS alternative language provided to the Government Relations Committee, the fingerprint-based search language was stricken and replaced with language mandating that Job Corps enrollees are subject to a “background check conducted in accordance with procedures established by the Secretary and with applicable State and local laws.”
Commenting on the victory, Judy Gootkind, Vice President of Creative Services, Inc. and Chair of NAPBS, said, “Although the suggested language was not inserted, we are pleased with the change in the legislation. NAPBS continues to get recognition as the Voice of Professional Background Screeners. The FBI database is not a complete compilation of criminal records and not universally accessible. As an industry focused on providing the public with safe places to work and live, Consumer Reporting Agencies provide the most comprehensive information by which to make informed decisions.”
With over 20 years of accounting experience, Gootkind is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Creative Services, Inc. (CSI). An active member of NAPBS, in 2013, Gootkind assumed the role of association chair. She regularly presents on legislation, regulation and policy issues and represents CSI at numerous hearings including the RI Judiciary, MA Judiciary Committee, CT Department of Public Safety, NY Office of Court Administration, and the MA Attorney General’s office.
About Creative Services, Inc.
Creative Services, Inc. (CSI) is a full-service pre-employment screening, background investigations and security consulting company. Established in 1976, CSI provides comprehensive corporate screenings, drug and alcohol testing, and security consulting to regulated and non-regulated industries. In the staffing industry, CSI assists staffing companies with identifying reliable and trustworthy individuals suitable for temporary or permanent placement.
By combining advanced technologies with superior investigative, interviewing and analytical skills, CSI identifies areas of vulnerability and establishes customized strategies that mitigate risk, improve workplace safety and achieve regulatory compliance. A founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), CSI is at the forefront of the background screening and security industry. For more information, please visit www.creativeservices.com.