...Comprehensive risk mitigation solutions for today's business

 

Services

Physical Security Assessment : Commission our staff to provide valuable insight into your facility's physical security program. Catalyst does not sell physical security services, but does employ CPP and former FBI to provide unbiased assessment into cleints' security vulnerabilities.

Hiring Model and Retention Auditing : On a case-by-case basis, we can evaluate your hiring model to suggest areas of improvement to increase hiring retention, screening, and employee integrity. 

Private Investigation : A licensed Private Investigator can assist your company in many areas- from screening solutions, attorney services, to loss prevention and covert surveillance needs.  

Threat and Risk Assessment : Gain valuable perspective into your facility's primary sources of threat, and get an overview of your best avenues to mitigate and reduce your vulnerabilities. TRA is conducted per DHS Level 1 Standards. 

 

BACKGROUND SCREENING

County Criminal Record Search (7yr.) : Our research affiliates in all 50 states can search the County or City Clerk's Office in a specific county for felony and misdemeanor charges. Pending as well as completed cases are generally available, giving you the most up-to-date information available on an individual. Name and DOB are used as identifiers in most jurisdictions. Reported data will usually include Name, Offense, Disposition, and Sentence (if applicable).

County Civil Record Search (7yr*) : Our affiliates can also search civil records in a particular jurisdiction. Records may include legal actions involving pending and/or active lawsuits and judgments and are generally divided by higher and lower courts based on the monetary value (often $5000, but varies by state) of the claim/action. Lawsuits, liens, judgments, evictions, and garnishments are a few examples of cases heard in Civil Court. Records usually include plaintiff and defendant name, case number, and date.    * varies by jurisdiction

Statewide Criminal Records : Most states compile a database of criminal records derived from individual county records submissions. Advantages of a statewide search are a broader search of county information for less cost, however, information may take weeks or months to be input into the state database. Pending case information is not generally available in a statewide search.

National Criminal Database Search : Also referred to as an "NCI" or "44-state search", an "NCDS" is an instant database search of criminal information from multiple sources. Data included varies from the different states and agencies contributing to the database. Not all counties and states are included, and many are strictly inmate and Department of Corrections records. This search is designed to append a county search to seek out records in counties not listed on an individual's 7yr. address history report (see Social Security Trace below).

Sex Offender Registry Search : This search is available in most states and includes a lookup by name, DOB, and address. Information derived from this search usually points to a criminal record in a county, which will be automatically retrieved for verification. Important note: The latest data shows that 40% of sex offenders re-offend. 

Federal Records Search (7yr) : This searches of the US Federal District Court for criminal charges in a specific US District. The United States is divided into 90 federal districts. Examples of federal crimes include mail fraud, drug trafficking, credit card fraud, bank robbery, immigration violations, kidnapping, etc.

Civil Records : A search of records in the appropriate civil court is conducted based upon type of information being sought (i.e., small claims vs. family court), and all civil action on file is reported. This search provides the plaintiff and defendant name, case number and date. Reported activity is generally limited to seven years, but older cases will be reported if requested and/or available. Some civil records have a limited amount of identifiers attached to the record and name match only records are not reported.

Social Security Trace : This search provides the names and addresses associated with the social security number (SSN) of an individual as it was used to apply for credit and services. The verification report includes state and date of issue. This is an excellent way to determine the extent of a background screening, as counties of record can be derived from the address results. The report also gives AKAs for county level searches, which may include maiden names and false identities.

Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) : This search provides driver history and licensing status for an applicant. Most states offer an instant search through our website, and can vary from 3-10 years reported.

Employment Verification : 
Our affiliates can interview former employers and extract useful information about applicants, such as quality of work, punctuality, and integrity. These are useful tools for screening applicants beyond a criminal records search.

Education Verification : Education listed on the applicant's resume is verified (or disregarded!) through contact with school officials. School(s) attended, dates of attendance, field of study, degree earned (if any), and date of graduation or last attendance are sought for the report. Use this search to verify education for positions requiring special training, and as an integrity check- the latest numbers suggest that almost half of applicants embellish or falsify education.

Credit Reports : Employment credit reports are pulled directly from one of three bureaus. Usually instant, Information includes number of current and delinquent accounts, suits, judgments, liens, and bankruptcies. This search is highly recommended for positions of trust within your company.

Tenant Screening  : Tenant records stored in a national database give landlords and management companies the ability to see a subjects' eviction and judgment history before offering leases, housing, storage, commercial space, or other type of real property. Information provided is not always available on credit reports, and summarizes past court actions, prior landlord inquiries, and landlord-reported history.

Worker’s Compensation Report : 
This search of state records reveals a individual's history of claims. Many states offer this option, however, information gathered must be used within ADA and particular state guidelines. 

Professional License Verification : 
This search confirms the applicant’s professional license status (MD, PhD, RN, LVN, CPA, etc.), expiration date, and field of certification. If available, disciplinary actions are included.

GSA Excluded Parties List : As the agency responsible for oversight of Federal contracts, the Government Services Administration (GSA) maintains a list of parties excluded from doing business with the Federal Government. The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) identifies those parties barred from receiving Federal contracts, including healthcare program funding or reimbursement, and from certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits. Use this search if you participate in government-funded programs or risk exclusion and/or denial of payment for services rendered under the program.

HHS/OIG Sanctions (Human and Health Services/Office of the Inspector General) : This federal database lookup provides information on individuals/entities that are excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other Federal Health care programs. Use this search if you participate in government-funded medical programs or risk exclusion and/or denial of payment for services rendered under the program.

FACIS ® (Fraud and Abuse Control Information System) : FACIS® is a vast database that assists organizations in identifying sanctioned individuals and entities in the healthcare field. This includes information on disciplinary actions ranging from exclusions and debarments to letters of reprimand and probation. FACIS® offers three search options ranging from the minimum federal requirements to a search inclusive of more than 800 sources in 50 states. To determine which level is the best option, see the descriptions listed below.

Level 1: OIG/GSA and other federal sources. This search meets the government’s minimum requirements as outlined in the OIG’s Compliance Program Guidance.

Level 2: OIG/GSA and other federal sources plus a search of the sources from an individual state of your choice. This search meets the minimum federal requirements and provides limited state-licensure protection.

Level 3: OIG/GSA and other federal sources, plus all 50 states (800+ sources). This search exceeds minimum Federal requirements and offers business risk management for existing employees/vendors/contractors. This is the most comprehensive search method available.