Background Check RFP’s and Security Measures

Jason Morris

I wanted to write a quick post because of a topic that we encounter quite often.  Employment screening firms are given the opportunity to bid on new business often times through an extensive Request For Proposal (RFP) or Request For Information (RFI) process.   The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has put out some great suggestions on how to develop a RFP/RFI for our industry, its a great document.  EmployeeScreenIQ also developed similar suggestions a while back (they can be found here).

One of the questions we seem to encounter more and more are requests for documents outlining company security measures.   Its a broad topic and for many CRA’s, could mean a myriad of different things.  Some CRA’s have security proceedures for every aspect of the operation.  There are literally security proceedures on what to shred, what do leave on one’s desk, how to properly lock a door, etc.  Its helpful when end users frame their security questions more directly rather than asking for a general statement.

A great place to start is for End Users to review the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP).  This accreditation program was recently launched and covers many aspects of operational and document security.  The transmission, usage and storage of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is a highlight of this program.  Accredited companies are required to demonstrate how these policies are followed through an on-site audit by a third party in addition to a thorough document review.  Once successfully completed the the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) votes on their candidacy.  Many screening firms use these standards as an absolute minimum, so its a great place for End Users to start when formulating these questions to their screening providers.   EmployeeScreenIQ is proud to be an Accredited Member of NAPBS.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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