Presentation on theme: "State and FBI Fingerprint Checks for Members and Staff"— Presentation transcript:
1State and FBI Fingerprint Checks for Members and Staff Office on Volunteerism and Community Service
2Which members gets a State and FBI fingerprint check? All new members or returning members with break in service of more than 120 daysReturning members with 120 days or less break in service do not have to have another State and FBI check
3Which staff get a State and FBI fingerprint check? All new staff that are in the budget, or have supervisory role of membersAny returning staff that have had a break in employment of more than 120 daysLess than 120 days break in employment, another State and FBI check is not required if complete 4-part already in place
4Timeframe for completion Must begin State and FBI check by enrollment dateShould begin even sooner, if possibleAfter fingerprints are taken and forms are submitted, an average turnaround time from Virginia State Police can be 4 to 6 weeksNow you see why it’s important to start early!!
5Step 1 for Non-ProfitsReceiving an Application from Virginia State PoliceSend a letter on agency/organization letterhead to the Virginia State Police (VSP) stating the following;a. You are a Virginia AmeriCorps program.b. New Federal regulations require that you conduct national FBI Fingerprint Checks on all of your AmeriCorps program participants.c. Request a tracking number for processing fingerprint cards.See Page 4 of OVCS 4-Part Background Check Process document for addressee, etc.
6Step 2ApplicationVSP will send back an application that must be completed and returned to complete registrationAfter registration is completed, fingerprint cards are sent to the program
7Step 3FingerprintingContact local law enforcement to set up a time to have the members/staff fingerprints takenSome localities charge a fee to take the fingerprints, approx. $10
8Step 4 Complete and submit Form SP-24, found here Programs should make members aware that incorrect information (i.e. not reporting crimes that will be on criminal history record) submitted on Form SP-24 is a misdemeanorPrograms should use employment designation, and the cost is $37
9Step 4 continued- Submit the completed Form SP-24 and the fingerprint card to VSP with tracking # Results will be mailed back with a Pass or Fail designation from both VSP and FBI checkNo Criminal History will be returned, only a Pass/FailIf you receive back a Pass for both, the member/staff State and FBI check is completeMake sure member file is complete for State/FBIIf you receive a fail, you will have to move to Step 5
10Step 5- What if Form SP-24 comes back with a Fail? A Fail designation does not automatically mean that the member/staff is ineligible. Form SP-24 reviews against “barrier crimes”, which include offenses that do not automatically rule out service.If Form SP-24 comes back with a Fail, you will then need to request the actual Criminal History from State Police, and FBI.Submit Form SP-167 to State Police for State Criminal HistoryFollow FBI Instructions here for criminal history, and refer to Page 5 of the OVCS 4-part background check for additional information on a fail notice
11Step 6- Review Criminal History Record You then review the Criminal History record against your organizational policy.Murder or Sex Offense automatically exclude a member/staff.Other crimes at discretion of your organizationMake sure that your file clearly shows why you refused or accepted the member/staff!
12What to do if fingerprints are rejected as illegible/unreadable If deemed unreadable by VSP, the fingerprint card will be returned with a red stamp on it, denoting that a Virginia Name Search was conducted.However, an FBI check is still required.FBI must reject fingerprints twice before a National Name Search can be runAfter 2 rejections, submit to Elvira Johnson at VSP:Rejection notices and original fingerprint cardsA short letter on Program letterhead stating the need for a National Name Search
13Organizational Design or Processes that do not allow for the approved process to be followed Contact your Program Officer immediatelyMay need to request an Alternate Search Process/Protocol from CNCSCommon items that may need an ASPprograms that have HR departments handling background checks and can’t meet reviewability requirementsprograms that employ/enroll individuals with criminal records as part of the program designSee ASP PowerPoint in the background checks training folder
14Important KeysReview fully the OVCS 4-part Background Check Guidance DocumentStart as early as possibleEncourage applicant to accurately complete formsDocument fully all elementsContact Program Officer for any possible deviations from OVCS guidance documents