Legislative Alert - Friday, September 16th, 2016: Scammers Posing as Immigration Officials [Video + Transcript]
- Scammers Posing as Immigration Officials
- Lawmakers Slam Agency for Ignoring Warnings
- Satellite TV Provider Settles FCRA Lawsuit
- New Form I-9 Approved
Scammers Posing as Immigration Officials
People in the process of becoming American citizens are getting phone calls from scammers threatening them with deportation. U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) says the calls look like legitimate government numbers on caller ID, but then a person posing as an official demands personal information and money to fix problems on the immigration applications. The applicants are threatened with deportation or other negative consequences if they don’t pay up. USCIS says they will NEVER ask for payment over the phone, and anyone getting one of these calls should hang up immediately.
Lawmakers Slam Agency for Ignoring Warnings
A House Oversight Committee has released a report on the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management and the results are not pretty. The breach exposed sensitive personal information of more than 22-million federal employees and contractors. The report says the OPM jeopardized US national security for more than a generation. The committee says the 2014 breach was preventable and that OPM leadership failed to heed years of repeated warnings about sophisticated cyber-attacks until it was too late. According to the report, the attacks were carried out by two groups close to the Chinese government called “Axiom Group” and “Deep Panda.” The OPM has already put several new cyber defense systems into place in the wake of the breach.
Satellite TV Provider Settles FCRA Lawsuit
Dish Network has offered to pay $1.75 million to settle a class action brought by 9,000 contractor technicians. The class accuses Dish of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in several ways. They claim the company failed to disclose it was conducting background checks on the contractors, did not provide the required disclosures and barred technicians they saw as “high-risk” from employment without proper pre-adverse action notification. The judge has not yet ruled on the proposed settlement. Sterling Infosystems was also named in the lawsuit. The company settled for $4.75 million last year.
New Form I-9 Approved
On August 25th the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the new revised version of the Form I-9. While this is an essential hurdle, the new form is not yet ready for use by employers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has 90 days from the decision to make the form and the instructions available to the public. Even after that happens, employers still have a 150 day grace period to move to the new form. That means it won’t be required until January 21, 2017.