Saturday, July 7, 2012

Webinar\Training: Guidelines Governing Criminal Background Checks

National Reentry Resources Center

Council of State Governments Justice Center

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance

Hosted by the National Employment Law Project, and the National Reentry Resource Center
The nation’s 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers and their partners in the employer, non-profit, and worker rights communities play a critical role in assisting people with criminal records in finding employment. However, the workforce development community also faces challenges as workers struggle to navigate the new realities of criminal background checks for employment.

Thanks to new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Civil Rights Center (CRC), the federally-funded workforce development and employment exchange community (i.e., programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act) are now better positioned to respond to these challenges. The guidance educates employers and workers about the civil rights and consumer protection considerations that regulate criminal background checks for employment.

DOL's guidance letter complements the new guidance recently issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which addresses the disproportionate impact of criminal background checks on people of color. The DOL guidance provides a step-by-step guide, including model notices for both employers and workers, to ensure that the workforce development community promotes maximum compliance with the law.
  • Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary, Employment Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Maurice Emsellem, Policy Co-Director, National Employment Law Project
  • Charles Turner, Adult Career Services Re-Entry Manager, Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc.
  • Others TBA
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Time: 2:15-3:15 p.m. ET
To register for this webinar, please click here.

This is a National Reentry Resource Center Announcement. This announcement is funded in whole or in part through a grant (award number: 2010-MUBX-KO84) from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this newsletter (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). 

FCC: Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) Communications Infrastructure.


network outage
Obtaining information on communications service disruptions is essential to the FCC's goal of ensuring the reliability and security of the nation's communications infrastructure. Accordingly, the FCC requires communications providers, including wireline, wireless, paging, cable, satellite and Signaling System 7 service providers, to electronically report information about significant disruptions or outages to their communications systems that meet specified thresholds set forth in Part 4 of the FCC's rules (47 C.F.R. Part 4). Communications providers must also report information regarding communications disruptions affecting Enhanced 9-1-1 facilities and airports that meet the thresholds set forth in Part 4 of the FCC's rules. Given the sensitive nature of this data to both national security and commercial competitiveness, the outage data is presumed to be confidential.
NORS is the web-based filing system through which communications providers covered by the Part 4 reporting rules submit reports to the FCC. This system uses an electronic template to promote ease of reporting and encryption technology to ensure the security of the information filed. The Communications Systems Analysis Division of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau administers NORS, monitors the outage reports submitted through NORS and performs analyses and studies of the communications disruptions reported.


FCC: Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for Communications Companies


DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications companies, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, and cable providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.
The FCC encourages all communications providers to enroll in DIRS to be better prepared to respond and recover in the event of a disaster.


  • Designate contact: Allows communications providers to identify the appropriate contact for his/her station during emergencies; and, in turn, eliminates lost time when trying to identify and coordinate with the federal contacts who can provide immediate assistance.
  • Receive help: Provides an avenue for communications providers to restore their operations and receive additional help during emergencies, e.g., securing generators, fuel, etc.
  • Streamline requests: Reduces the number of requests from various government agencies for status of each station. Other government agencies will rely on the FCC (DIRS) for status of each broadcast station.
  • Aid your community: Better ensures that communications providers will be able to serve their communities, providing them with critical updates and risk communications information from reliable and credible sources during emergencies.

In the event of a major disaster, the FCC and the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications System need to have accurate information regarding the status of communications services in the disaster area, particularly during restoration efforts.
When activated, DIRS will collect information concerning:
  • Switches
  • Public Safety Answering Points (used for E9-1-1)
  • Interoffice facilities
  • Cell sites
  • Broadcast stations
  • Cable television systems


  • Click the “Enroll” button.
  • Click “Accept” to enter the secure, protected sign-up site.
  • You will need the following information to sign up:
    • Reporting Company
    • Company ID (for existing company accounts)
    • Type of Company (Cable, Wireless, etc)
    • Contact Person
    • Phone Number, with extension of contact
    • Cell Phone Number
    • Blackberry Number
    • E-Mail
    • Address
  • Click “Submit” and record the username and password generated for your account. You can update the username and password once logged in.