Can a law enforcement agency require additional background checks beyond the fingerprint-based background check performed by GBI?
Yes. The CJIS Vendor Compliance Program ensures the minimum background check required by FBI-CJIS standards is performed, but a law enforcement agency may have a more restrictive policy.
Do all employees working for a CJIS vendor need to undergo a fingerprint-based background check?
No. A CJIS vendor may have other facets of their business which are separate from their CJIS business.
Why would a vendor employee be shown as “Not Authorized”?
Upon receipt of fingerprints, they are processed by the FBI and GBI. New fingerprints will show “not authorized” until the results of the fingerprint check are reviewed by a GBI employee and the criminal history is verified to be free of felony convictions. If a felony conviction or a felony arrest without a disposition are found, the employee will remain as “not authorized.” An employee with a felony conviction cannot have any access to CJIS information.