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:
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.
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