- FBI Databases Fail Again
- Biker Fired for “Saluting” the President
- Form I-9 Scam
FBI Databases Fail Again
Devin Kelley should have never been able to buy the military-style rifle he used to shatter a small Texas town. He had also easily purchased three other guns over the last few years. Not once did his two convictions for domestic assault, or the 12 months he spent in the Brig, show up on a background check. Even though the Pentagon mandates this kind of information be reported to the FBI, nothing made its way into the National Criminal Information Center database. Gun sellers were given the all clear on this man who attacked his wife and fractured his stepson’s skull, despite a 1996 law that prohibits anyone convicted of domestic violence from buying a gun. The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and the Screening News Network have both spent a lot of time over the last few years trying to teach lawmakers and employers that the FBI Fingerprint Database is not the gold standard for criminal background checks for this very reason -- too many crimes are never submitted to the federal lists. In the wake of the heartbreaking attack on the Texas church, we now know that it is not just local jurisdictions failing to upload criminal records, but the military as well. The Air Force has since asked the Pentagon Inspector General to review records and procedures throughout the Department of Defense.
[Related] Can You Trust the FBI Criminal Records Database? [Whitepaper]
Biker Fired for “Saluting” the President
A viral social media post cost a Virginia woman her job with a government contracting firm. Juli Briskman flipped a one-fingered salute at the president’s motorcade as she rode by them on her bike. A photojournalist snapped a picture, posted it, and it quickly made its way around the world. Briskman, who ironically was in charge of the company’s social media presence, went to HR to let them know she was the one in the picture. The company fired her on the spot because their policy clearly says any social media activity that contains discriminatory, obscene, malicious or threatening content will not be tolerated.
[Related] How to Set Up Your Social Media Screening Policy & Evaluate the Findings [On Demand Webinar]
Form I-9 Scam
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning employers that someone is sending scam emails requesting Form I-9 information. The emails appear to come from USCIS, but they are from a fake address: email@example.com. Even though the email mentions USCIS and the Office of the Inspector General, you should not submit any information! While employers are required to have a completed Form I-9 for every employee, they are not required to submit the forms to USCIS. The emails are a scam to get names, social security numbers and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
If you receive an email and you are not sure if it is a scam, you can forward it to the agency’s webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.