SDNs – Are You Trading with the Enemy?

May 14, 2018
Another question would certainly be: What does the Patriot Act have to do with background screening?  The straightforward response is: ALOT! In October 2001, a bill entitled: "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," better known as the "USA Patriot Act," was passed by Congress and became the law of the land. The law's objectives include combating money laundering and terrorist financing activities.  It has also expanded the range of industries required to screen organizations and individuals.  In fact, some states also have more restrictive requirements. Implementation of major portions of the Act has been delegated to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which is the financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department. It administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives. One key aspect of the Act and its regulatory framework is known as "Trading with the Enemy".  It mandates: At a minimum, all businesses and organizations (including 501(c)(3)s) in the United States are legally required to screen, or …


Apr 30, 2018
Cyber threats to the healthcare industry are increasing daily, at all aspects of its value train: materials production; formulation; device manufacture; food supplement manufacture; formulation/assembly; packaging; distribution; and ultimately delivery.  Such threats are difficult to mitigate against since the industry is multi-national in nature, with different portions of the value chain internationally dispersed. Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, persistent and, in many respects extremely threatening to industry members, the brand, and patients/consumers, where they can be life threatening.  But where do the threats originate? The answer is surprising. According to a well-informed, validated Government source, the industry must realize that cybersecurity is human-centric – and the humans are at many times within the healthcare organizations themselves.  They include employees at all levels (full and part time), volunteers in the case of healthcare providers, contract personnel including manufacturers and consultants – indeed an upsetting, but nevertheless a well-documented reality. The Government source continues to relay the opinion that a significant vulnerability is t…

Background Screening Essential in the Healthcare Industry

Mar 30, 2018
All businesses face similar challenges when it comes to background screening.  Challenges result from regulatory-driven requirements, compliance issues, liability mitigation... and the need to protect the organization's image and reputation. But each industry faces its own unique challenges, particularly in the special case of the healthcare segment of the economy. The healthcare industry is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients or clients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care. It includes the generation and commercialization of goods and services lending themselves to maintaining and re-establishing health. The modern healthcare industry is divided into many sectors and depends on teams of trained professionals, paraprofessionals and administrators to meet health needs of individuals, including "vulnerable populations" (minors aged 17 and under, people with disabilities, and individuals aged 60 and older).  For example, even organizations treating patients for lice are considered by federal and state governments as members of the healthcare industry, since their personnel i…

Best Practices for Verifying Credentials

Feb 28, 2018
Many companies and organizations that need to verify an applicant's credentials – be it education, professional license, driver's license, work experience, or income – rely on proof submitted by the individual who is applying for whatever position the company or organization is attempting to fill.  The position may be a job, a volunteer, a franchisee, a country club member, a tenant for a rental unit, or even a board of director for the organization or company. Relying on any documentation submitted by the "interested party," i.e., the actual applicant, is an extremely poor business practice that places the company or organization at significant risk.  Based on decades of experience and real-life case studies, I know this to be true.  As a CEO of a background screening company that has processed millions of transactions, we have documented instances that substantiate how verification with the original source, i.e., the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the university or college, the employer, state licensing board, the IRS (to verify tax returns), etc. is crucial if the veracity of the credential or document is to be reliably verified. If one simply thinks rationally about the …
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