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Judy Gootkind, VP of Creative Services, Inc., Testifies before the RI Senate Committee on Judiciary

On June 18, 2014, Judith Gootkind, CSI's VP of Finance and Administration and Chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), testified before the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Judiciary on Senate Bill 2365 entitled An Act Relating to Education – School Committees and Superintendents.  Gootkind asked that draft language be including in the bill to allow for criminal record searches conducted by Consumer Reporting Agencies. NAPBS has prioritized this position nationwide on the federal and state level in an attempt to break the myth that the FBI Fingerprint search is the gold standard of a criminal history search.

Below is the specific portion of the bill that her testimony addressed:

The applicant shall apply to the bureau of criminal identification (BCI), department
12 of attorney general, state police or local police department where they reside, for a national and
13 state criminal records check. Fingerprinting shall be required.

Gootkind’s testimony included education on the shortcomings of an FBI Fingerprint search:

  • Attorney General’s Report on Criminal History Background Checks (June 2006) acknowledges that half of the information reported from the national fingerprint database is incomplete “…the (FBI) is still missing final disposition information for approximately 50 percent of its records” and “users may not want to rely exclusively on an FBI and state repository check and may also want to check other record sources, such as commercial databases and local courthouses, to obtain more complete and up-to-date information.”
  • The US House Judiciary Committee is currently conducting a study using information from the above mentioned report on the Fingerprint search versus commercial background investigations for which I was interviewed.
  • There was a US Congressional hearing on this subject matter following the Navy Yards shooting at the end of 2013.
  • The FBI uses Consumer Reporting Agencies for criminal record search in conjunction with a fingerprint NCIC database search when conducting background checks for employment.

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) has been helping companies hire with confidence since 1976. Beginning as a small private investigation firm, Creative Services, Inc. has evolved into a global, full-service background investigations and consulting firm. CSI serves a full range of regulated and non-regulated industries, providing the industry’s highest accuracy, quality and client retention ratings.  For more information, please visit www.creativeservices.com.

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