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  • February 21 — In January, a Washington, D.C. contractor was fired for being reckless with confidential patient files. The woman had a criminal record with two felony convictions, but a local background check did not list the offenses.
  • February 16 — A state representative in Wisconsin aims to make it a Class A misdemeanor to lie on a state application for professional licensing. It is illegal to lie on licensing applications but there is no protocol for prosecuting offenders.
  • February 14 — The schools in the University of Wisconsin System are considering criminal background checks for all student applicants. The deliberation was sparked by protests responding to a student on the UW-Madison campus who tried to start a white nationalist group.
  • February 09 — Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order banning the box in the state government’s executive branch.
  • February 01 — A startup in New York is offering to help customers move large, cumbersome cargo with its Uber-style startup. The company claims it is vigilant about running background checks on all drivers, reviewing driver’s licenses, driving records, and criminal records.
  • January 29 — An Indiana legislative committee recently gave its unanimous support to a proposal that would shift the way teacher background checks are done in the state. The proposal would require teachers to go through background checks every five years.
  • January 26 — Washington, D.C. has become the latest city to ban the use of credit checks for most employers. Employers will be exempted from the new law in seven situations but will still be expected to comply with the FCRA.
  • January 24 — A school district in Omaha, Nebraska is facing criticism for how it has managed, overseen, and collaborated with its busing contractor. A recent audit reported that the school district has no process in place to ensure that all contracted drivers have completed background checks and requisite training.
  • January 23 — The University of Illinois expanded its background check policy to include all employees last year. One year into the policy, the university is looking back at the statistics.
  • January 20 — Portland Public Schools is looking at its background check policies after two cases of overlooked criminal information. The district recently offered the job of general counsel to an attorney with a previous conviction for violating public records law.