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YSP Adds Its Support to Background Check Legislation

Posted By Bob Ogle, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ESA’s Young Security Professionals (YSP) group will be working closely with the Government Relations committee in a major effort to support one of ESA’s major legislative priorities as the clock winds down on the 112th Congress.

Participants in an Aug. 9 conference call included ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat, YSP Council Chair Todd Gaito; YSP Council Vice Chair Brandon Savage; Jaclyn Sion, ESA staff liaison to YSP; and Bob Ogle, ESA staff liaison to the Government Relations committee.

Chwat asked for help from YSP in a tightly targeted letter-writing campaign to support bills in the House and Senate that would permit industry companies to access the FBI database for hiring purposes, and also would direct the Attorney General to work with ESA to establish a nationwide system of criminal background checks for employers and employees at electronic security industry companies.

Chwat said ESA is specifically targeting 40 key Representatives and 18 senators whose support would be pivotal as Congress nears the end of its 112th Session.

"We’re trying to have ESA members send targeted letters to staff and to members of Congress supporting passage of the legislation,” he said. With more than 300 members, he added, "it’s important to engage the YSP’s in what we’re doing.”

Both Gaito and Savage said they would work with Chwat and the Government Relations committee by providing signed letters of support for distribution among the targeted Congressional members, and would encourage other YSP members in appropriate states and legislative districts to do the same.

Chwat said the background check legislation will be one of many federal and state projects which will benefit from YSP support during the rest of this year and 2013.

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