HRO Today November 2014 - 9

Cover Story
" In this era of globalization, with more and more
companies stretching their operations across the planet
and hiring foreign nationals at home, global screening
has become a necessity, " says Robert Capwell, chief
knowledge officer at Baltimore-based Employment
Background Investigations (EBI), and head of the NAPBS's
Global Alliance Council. " A lot of employers have not
conducted global background checks because of the
time, difficulty, and cost this involves. Job applicants from
outside the U.S. know this, increasing the risk of fraud. "
This concern has prompted companies like Pelican
Products to retain EBI to do the spadework to ensure
applicants don't make any false claims. " We're a global
organization with facilities in the U.S., Canada, Spain,
the U.K., Australia and other places in Europe, as well
Background Screening and Politics: Unearthing the Truth
As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. At a meeting of parents at his son's school, David
Doud just happened to sit next to Todd Owens. The dads talked about their careers, as fathers tend to do on such
occasions. When Owens mentioned that he was in the background screening business, Doud's ears perked.
He had run for political office twice in his native Washington State, only to lose to candidates who had withheld
from voters what he considered to be critical information. On his third try for office, running for a position on
the Port of Seattle Commission that oversees the city's major ports, Doud conducted a background check on his
opponent. He learned that the opposing candidate reportedly had a state tax lien against him for taking too much
in unemployment income, but couldn't publicize the fact. He lost a third time.
The good news is that the experience gave him a renewed raison d'etre. Doud now runs CandidateVerification, a
non-profit corporation that provides free background checks and resume verification services to candidates running
for public office. While the organization does not automatically conduct background screening of politicians, when
one candidate requests the screening it puts the onus on opposing candidates to follow suit.
" As I had learned myself, by law the screenings have to be permission-based and self-authorized, " Doud explains.
" But once one candidate jumps on the bandwagon, the others feel the need to do the same, otherwise they risk
error by omission. "
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