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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Scoop for 2013 - New Background Authorization Forms For All!

In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was given the authority to enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act. (Prior to this, the Federal Trade Commission held the primary enforcement authority over the FCRA.) The CFPB has implemented mandates to the required (per FCRA) applicant authorization forms for background checks.  These required text changes must be implemented by January 1, 2013.

What Forms Will be Updated?

The following documents will be updated:
  •         A Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA: (This document is optionally provided to applicants prior to the background check and always provided to an applicant when taking Pre-Adverse Action.)
  •          Notice to Users of Consumer Reports: (This document states the obligations of users under the FCRA and should be kept on file by each of our clients.)
The main difference in these forms is that the CFBP is now listed as the contact for FCRA related information, as opposed to the Federal Trade Commission.

How Does This Impact You?
Each current user of SafeScreener PRO will receive a revised applicant authorization form via email which includes the required information update from the CFBP.  An updated document titled "Notice to Users of Consumer Reports" will also be provided for clients to simply retain on file. 

A representative from may contact you to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding these documents.  Prospective clients of will automatically receive the new forms from this point forward, to ensure compliance is met for the January 1 start date.

As always, if you have any questions about these new forms and how they will impact your background screening process, feel free to contact us at 888-578-8600 or 

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