The Possible Danger of Indebted Government Workers

Mon, August 4th, 2014 - 8:58 am - By Gordon Basichis

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In order to work on the more sensitive government projects one must pass a background check.  Often, part of that background check consists of an employment credit check.  Workers who are in arrears for more than $5,000 are typically considered ineligible to work on the project.   Common belief is that is someone is indebted he is more susceptible to employee theft or corporate espionage.  The more sensitive the project the more likely that indebted contractor could be exposed to coercion or persuasion.

 

The Hill writes that about 83 thousand government workers who were cleared for security projects had an aggregate tax debt  of nearly three-Fourths of a billion dollars.  The figure listed i $730 Million.  Five thousand of these employees had liens against their houses.  I would imagine part of this debt is attributable to the economic downturn or Great Recession as it has come to be known.  More than a few homeowners are still underwater after their houses inflated in valuable then dropped dramatically.

 

According to the article…”
The GAO first recommended in 2013 mechanisms to improve federal agencies’ ability to detect delinquent federal tax debts by those eligible for security clearances. 

However, statutory privacy protections limited access to this information, the GAO said. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) had formed an interagency working group to explore creating an automated process similar to what the Treasury Department uses. 

In June, the ODNI’s working group said due to the legal and logistical challenges of obtaining tax compliance information from Treasury, it was exploring other sources of information.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/213497-report-dod-workers-with-access-to-secret-files-owe-730m-in-back-taxes#ixzz39RJNDorY

 

In the Trucking Industry, Good Drivers are Hard to Find

Tue, July 29th, 2014 - 9:12 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Stock shares in Swift Transportation declined the other day on the news one of the largest trucking firms in the country was having difficulty finding drivers.  We at Corra Group hear this from a number of our trucking clients.  Good help is hard to find.   Since we service the trucking industry and offer Motor Vehicle Driving Records and other background checks that service the employment screening needs of the trucking industry, we hear the recovery  in the economy has exacerbated the problem.  Good help is hard to find.

According to the article in Yahoo Finance….The American Trucking Association has warned the country is short 30,000 drivers, and that the gap could climb to 200,000 in the next decade.”

This is a significant concern for those especially who are shipping their products across the country.  Corra Group has seen a number of startup companies that conduct our employment screening trucking packages.   Where it is initially a family operation and then expands as the enterprise becomes more successful.   It is difficult to say at this point whether the starts will be the answer to the shortage of drivers, but maybe part of the solution is not with the larger companies.   Typically,where there is demand in the market, there is ultimately supply.

 

 

Corra Group Prepares for Increased DOT Employment Screening Due to the American Energy Boom

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 - 11:07 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The expanding American energy boom has motivated Corra Group to seek ways to better facilitate its Department of Transportation employment screening as trucking companies seek to hire truckers for work in the gas and oil fields. As it has been reported from such venues as Bloomberg and other news sources,with the United States surpassing Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer, the El Segundo based background screening company sees increased activity among its trucking clients.

“There is a rash of activity within the trucking industry as the different companies seek to hire drivers for work in the gas and oil fields,” said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder. “There is also an expansion in the trucking and transportation industry itself as we see more startups in the business.

“All trucking companies and their commercial drivers must comply with the mandates of the Department of Transportation,” said Basichis. “These mandates include everything in our employment screening trucking package from drug tests to motor vehicle driving records or MVR’s. Trucking entities must conduct DOT related employment screening verifications on its new drivers and three years on its current drivers. There is the issue of criminal background checks, physicals, and the prudent review of a driver’s previous safety records.”

Basichis noted that trucking companies are so busy with their day-to-day operations that often the compliance mandates are in different stages of management. He pointed out that with startup companies, especially; they are not entirely familiar with what guidelines they must follow in order to remain compliant.

“We try to help these trucking companies get organized,” said Basichis. “We offer drug testing, CDL driving records, employment verification, and for the larger companies we offer Fleet Alert, which can tell your managers in real time when your drivers encounter accidents or violations.

For the entire press release please click on this link

Pinellas County Florida Criminal Records Search Delays

Wed, July 9th, 2014 - 11:29 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting county criminal background checks as part of their employment screening packages, please take note….

 

 

Pinellas, Florida Search Delays

We would like to take this opportunity to notify you of delays for all pending and future orders in Pinellas, FL.

The court has advised that they are currently in the process of updating their court system, and have removed all access to any court cases filed after July 3, 2014. As a result, a search to date cannot be completed at the predominately used index at this time, or through the court clerks.  An estimated completion date has been provided for July 14th, however access to the new system in not anticipated until a few weeks after while the court works to enter all new case data.

During this time we are offering an alternate option to complete any new searches, returning results through July 3, 2014.  Then at the point that the court conversion is complete we will re-run all requests placed during this time and provide an update report with any cases  filed from July 3rd on.

At this time we will hold all new searches requests until the system conversion is complete, unless otherwise indicated that you would like to proceed with the alternate option we have in place.

We appreciate your patience with delays encountered during this transition and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

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