Allied health program administrators, what background screening resources do you have at your fingertips? The following list is easily accessed and contains helpful information about background screening and background screening companies.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
The FCRA was created to protect consumers and is a federal law. It specifies the obligations of the organizations that collect data about consumers, those of the organizations that require background information, and explains the rights of the consumer. It can be accessed through the FTC website at: http://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/fair-credit-reporting-act.
Additional helpful consumer links include:
- A summary of rights under the fair credit reporting act: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/articles/pdf/pdf-0096-fair-credit-reporting-act.pdf
- Consumer privacy information: https://www.privacyrights.org/
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
This organization is in charge of enforcing federal consumer financial laws, including the FCRA. To learn more, visit www.consumerfinance.gov.
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
The NAPBS was founded in 2003, and promotes ethical business practices in background screening, compliance with the FCRA, as well as the EEOC and other state and international consumer protection laws relating to background screening. It provides educational programs and promotes excellence in standards. It also offers an accreditation program. For more information about the NAPBS and to see a list of accredited background screening companies, visit www.napbs.com.