Background Checks
You may select background check items individually or as part of a customized discounted package. Our trained account managers will work with you to set up the most cost-effective package for your specific needs.

All of our reports begin with a Results Summary. The summary lists each report component with the corresponding status. It’s a great way to see which items on the report need particular attention and whether there are any areas of concern regarding your applicant.

Furthermore, each individual report component has a “discrepancies” field where we keep track of differences between what the applicant claims on his/her application and what we uncover in our investigation. All discrepancies are bolded so they stand out on the page.

You can download a sample of a Viewpoint Background Report .

When viewing your company's roster list on the login screen, you will notice a specific column titled Report Alert. This is a service which automatically scans all of your background check results and alerts you of any records that require immediate attention. You will be notified by an icon which lets you know if records were found or not.

For a detailed description of background check items, please click on the links to the left.











 
County Criminal Records

Criminal court files at the state jurisdictional court (county court) are searched for felony and misdemeanor records. Viewpoint Screening conducts a criminal record search by name at the court(s) required by your customized background check. Each county court search will cover a history of seven (7) years from the date of request unless available otherwise or instructed otherwise by the client. Some reporting prohibitions on criminal records that antedated the report by seven years may apply. Detailed information on criminal records found will include, when made available by the court, but may not be limited to; date of offense, charges, plea, disposition and sentence. Open arrest warrants are also reported and generally include cases awaiting trial or charges for failure to appear.

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Statewide Criminal Records

The Statewide Criminal Records search directly accesses a state's criminal records repository. The Statewide Criminal Records search covers most counties in a state and will provide felony and misdemeanor conviction information going back at least 7 years. The Statewide Criminal Records search is a cost-effective way to search for criminal records on an individual who has lived in several counties within a State. Not all states are available for Statewide Criminal Record searches.


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Federal Criminal Records

Criminal court files at the United States Federal District Court are searched for felony and misdemeanor records. Criminal record searches are conducted on a nationwide level. Each federal conviction search will cover a history of seven (7) years from the date of request unless available otherwise or instructed otherwise by the client. Federal charges typically encompass severe crimes such as drug violations, illegal sale of firearms, embezzlement, and pornographic exploitation of children. Federal crimes do not appear in statewide or county criminal searches.

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National Criminal Database

The Nationwide Database search is a search of a proprietary database containing over 200 million records from multiple jurisdiction-sources. Sources include state court repositories, departments of correction, county courts, and other state level agencies, as well as sex and violent offender records from all 50 states. This product is suggested to be used in conjunction with county criminal history reports.

Please see the Nationwide Database Details for more information.

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Sexual Offender Registry

A sexual offender index search reveals applicants convicted of sexual offenses. A sexual offender search is an integral part of the employment screening process and is essential for businesses whose employees deal with children, the elderly, or disabled individuals, or employees whose duties require them to enter a private residence.

Sex offender data sources nationwide, such as: Bureaus of Investigation, Departments of Law Enforcement, Departments of Corrections, Departments of Justice, Departments of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Departments, State Attorney General’s Offices, and State Police.

Please note that the Sex Offender Registry does not contain information on all convicted sex offenders. Some states provide information only for sex offenders with assessment scores of Intermediate or High.

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Address History

A powerful tool that provides information on individuals’ past addresses and movement patterns. The Address History establishes a starting point and allows for better management and a more complete background check by verifying and returning information on a person's: full name, age/date of birth, address, and dates at listed addresses.

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Social Security Validation

Verifying the information provided by the candidate concerning his/her identity is the primary step in any background check. This aggregate database search reveals the connection between the candidate’s name and SSN based on history of use and will reveal the year and state of issuance of the subject’s SSN.

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Credit Report

Individuals that are in extreme financial straits with debts that exceed income may be considered a potential risk in certain situations. Investigating an individual’s financial history and credit report background may be necessary to mitigate that risk when considering a candidate for a financial position.

Viewpoint credit reports are obtained through a database search of one of the credit bureaus and report consumer credit activity covering a seven year period detailing overdue or slow account, charge off, collections, suits, tax liens, public records, judgments and bankruptcies.

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Motor Vehicle Records

Driver History Reports are obtained from the state of issuance and typically cover a three, five, or seven year history depending on the state searched. Information reported includes accidents, suspensions, and violations. The state of Washington will only provide license verification. Clients requiring driver history from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation must complete and notarize a special one-time affidavit for the search.
 
Commercial Driver’s License (CDLIS)

Established by the US Secretary of Transportation, the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) is a federal clearinghouse and repository of commercial driver licensing data. The database retains records of a driver’s current commercial license and up to three previous licenses. A CDLIS search will not return actual driving records or suspensions; it only provides the state in which the driver currently has a commercial license and up to three previous licenses. You may choose to do a Motor Vehicle search for any or all of the states in which CDLIS indicates the driver has had a commercial license.

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Terrorist Watch List Report

The Terrorist Watch List includes the following US and foreign sanctions and watch lists. Additional sanctions and watch lists will be added as US or foreign governments and international organizations release them. These lists currently include:
  • OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) & Blocked Persons
  • OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports
  • Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories
  • Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties
  • US Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA)
  • Unverified Entities List
  • Denied Entities List
  • Denied Persons List
  • FBI Most Wanted Terrorists & Seeking Information
  • FBI Top Ten Most Wanted
  • INTERPOL Most Wanted List
  • Bank of England Sanctions List
  • OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List
  • Politically Exposed Persons List
  • European Union Terrorism List
  • World Bank Ineligible Firms

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Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN)

OFAC is the Office of Foreign Asset Control, part of the U.S. Department of Treasury. OFAC is responsible for administering and enforcing economic and trade sanctions against certain nations, entities and individuals. OFAC maintains a listing of these restricted counter parties in a document called the "Specially Designated Nationals List" (SDN).

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County Civil Records (Lawsuits)

The County Civil Record search identifies non-criminal lawsuits filed by or against an employee or company at the county level in either upper or lower courts, as determined by monetary value set by the state or county. The County Civil search is an important search to use when dealing with contractors, business partners and outsourcing companies.

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Federal Civil Records

Non-criminal lawsuits, that usually involves private property rights. Civil record searches isolate applicants with a history of suing or being sued by their employers, a commonplace and costly occurrence in most industries.

A civil record search reduces an employer's risk of costly lawsuits. In addition, civil records uncover liens and cases involving violations of trade secrets and non-compete agreements. The following areas are covered:
  • Contract- Insurance, marine, Miller Act, negotiable instrument, recovery of overpayment & enforcement of judgment, Medicare Act, recovery of defaulted student loans (excl. veterans), stockholders' suits, other contract, contract product liability, franchise
  • Real Property- land condemnation, foreclosure, rent lease & ejectment, torts to land, tort product liability, all other real property
  • Torts
  1. Personal Injury- airplane, airplane product liability, assault libel & slander, federal employers' liability, marine, marine product liability, motor vehicle, motor vehicle product liability, other personal injury, personal injury, medical malpractice, personal injury- product liability, asbestos personal injury product liability
  2. Personal Property- other fraud, truth in lending, other personal property damage, property damage product liability
  • Bankruptcy- Appeal 28 USC 158, Withdrawal 28 USC 157
  • Civil Rights- other civil rights, voting, employment, housing/accommodations, welfare, Amer w/ Disabilities- Employment, Amer w/ Disabilities- Other
  • Immigration- naturalization application, Habeas Corpus- alien detainee, other immigration actions
  • Prisoner Petitions- motions to vacate sentence
  1. Habeas Corpus- general, death penalty, mandamus & other, civil rights, prison condition
  • Forfeiture/Penalty- agriculture, other food & drug, drug related seizure of property 21 USC 881, liquor laws, RR & truck, airline regulations, occupational safety/health, other
  • Labor- fair labor standards act, labor/management relations, Labor/Management Reporting & Disclosure Act, Railway Labor Act, other labor litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Property Rights- copyrights, patent, trademark
  • Social Security- HIA (1395ff), Black Lung (923), DIWC/DIWW (405(g)), SSID Title XVI, RSI (405(g))
  • Federal Tax Suits- Taxes (U.S. plaintiff or defendant), IRS- Third Party 26 USC 7609
  • Other- state reapportionment, antitrust, banks and banking, commerce, deportation, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations, consumer credit, cable/sat TV, selective service, securities/commodities/exchange, customer challenge 12 USC 3410, other statutory actions, agricultural acts, economic stabilization act, environmental matters, energy allocation act, freedom of information act, appeal of fee determination under equal access to justice, constitutionality of state statutes

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Bankruptcy Records

Bankruptcy court files are searched by name and in the federal district of current residence, prior residence, work, school, or based on the requirements of your customized program. The bankruptcy record search will cover a history of ten (10) years from the date of request. Information reported to Client will include, when made available by the federal criminal court, but may not be limited to; case number, dates, financial schedules, assets, liabilities, and creditors.

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Workers' Compensation Records

A workers' compensation search reduces the number of claims filed, and their associated expenses, by alerting employers to chronic abusers. A workers' compensation history is vital to companies employing workers in labor intensive industries. Workers' compensation records are available in most states.

Please see the Workers' Comp Records Details for more information.

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Fraud Abuse and Control Information System (FACIS)

Because disciplinary actions and other sanctions are tracked and reported by numerous agencies or associations in each state, healthcare employers frequently struggle to determine what constitutes a reasonable search effort. The Fraud Abuse and Control Information System, known as FACIS, is a database information service that offers sanction histories on individuals and entities in the healthcare field. FACIS reports on disciplinary actions from exclusions and debarments to probation and letters of reprimand.

The search includes information provided by Federal agencies as well as more than 800 licensing and certification agencies located in all 50 states. FACIS provides information on more than 50 types of healthcare professionals, from physicians and midwives to home health agencies and ambulatory services. The search also references OFAC, OIG, GSA, SDN and Blocked Persons List.

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OIG Exclusions List

The OIG maintains the list of excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE), a database providing information to the public, health care providers, patients and others relating to parties excluded from participation in the Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal health care programs.

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General Services Administration Excluded Parties List System (GSA EPLS)

The General Services Administration (GSA) maintains the List of Parties Excluded (EPLS). EPLS is the electronic version of the Lists of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs (Lists), which identifies those parties excluded throughout the U.S. Government (unless otherwise noted) from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits. GSA is required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to compile and maintain a list of parties debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible by agencies or by the General Accounting Office.

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Medical Sanctions Database

Examines multiple state and federal sources to assist in the identification of health care providers who may have histories of federal or state-level disciplinary actions or disqualifications, or may otherwise place your organization at increased risk.

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Credentialed Practitioner Database

Assists in verifying that an individual is authorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to handle controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

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Provider Licensure Database

Examines state licensing authorities to validate the licensure or registration status of credentialed medical providers.

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Provider Observation Database

Contains historical and updated information from the National Provider Identifier (NPI) registry.

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Employment Verification

Verification of employment is conducted by telephone, fax, automated system or any other means required by the source. The Human Resources Department is the primary contact for employment verification so that factual information is obtained. Information reported will include, when made available by the previous employer, but may not be limited to; employment dates, any breaks in the employment dates, position, salary, reason for leaving, full time / part time, supervisor, and eligibility for rehire.

Standard employment verification questions include;
  • What was their position?
  • What dates did they work?
  • What was the final salary?
  • Is the applicant eligible for rehire?

Additional questions may be included by the client

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Education Verification

Based on numerous reports, education credentials are the single most common item embellished on a resume. Standard verification is of the highest degree claimed by the candidate, but can be customized to meet your specific requirements. Information reported will include, when made available by the school, but may not be limited to; dates of attendance, course of study, degree, and graduation date. Viewpoint will always attempt to obtain verification on institutions that are defunct or closed.

Standard education verification questions include;
  • Highest degree/major achieved?
  • What dates were attended?
  • Date of graduation?

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Reference Verification

Listed references are contacted and interviewed to obtain detailed information about your candidate. This information may include additional names and/or addresses, character traits and/or habits, strengths and/or weaknesses, and if the reference would recommend the applicant for employment. In addition, details of the reference’s relationship with the applicant may be provided, including how long they have been acquainted and the type of relationship past or present.

Standard reference verification questions include;
  • What is your relationship to the applicant?
  • How long have you known the applicant?
  • What are some of his/her strengths?
  • Can you think of any areas for improvement?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate him/her in responsibility?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his/her people skills?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his/her learning skills?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his/her communication skills?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his/her organizational skills?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate him/her in time management?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his/her overall attitude?
  • Would you (re)hire him/her if you had a position available?

Additional questions may be included by the client.

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Professional License Verification

Verification of professional license, credentials or certification is conducted at the primary source by telephone, fax, automated system or other means as required by the reporting source. Information reported will include, when made available by the institution, but may not be limited to; type of license, the date obtained, expiration date, status, and any disciplinary action available.

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