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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Introduction of Legislation to Improve Employment Background Checks

June 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after re- introducing H.R. 6145 the Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act of 2018, along with Representatives Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18):

“Although considered the gold standard of criminal background checks, FBI records routinely fail to accurately report important information. For example, these reports frequently omit the outcome of arrests, information that is often beneficial to workers subject to these reports. Given the massive proliferation of FBI background checks for employment—roughly 30 million in 2014—these inaccuracies can have a devastating impact on workers, especially workers of color who are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system. The FBI must ensure that records are accurate and complete prior to being released for employment and licensing decisions.

“This bill provides an effective solution to the serious problems with the FBI database by requiring that records are accurate before they are sent to the agencies and employers that rely on them to make hiring and licensing decisions. The provisions of this bill, when enacted into law, will ensure that job seekers are treated fairly, increase the likelihood that employers will have access to the best and most qualified workers in a timely fashion, and increase public confidence in the integrity of the FBI criminal background check process.”