Security Company Gets National Contract For Airport Screening
Written by Shannon Pettypiece on November 13, 2003
By Shannon Pettypiece
Candidates for airport jobs will have to undergo the scrutiny of a new company as Kroll Rick Management begins performing background checks nationwide.
Under a one-year, $4.8 million contract from the federal government, Kroll will conduct background checks on all candidates for security-sensitive airport jobs including Transportation Security Administration screeners, federal security directors and their staff, federal flight-deck officers and charter-flight crews.
Miami-Dade County has the third-largest number of airport screeners in the country. The county has 5,228 Department of Homeland Security employees – 40% of them airport screeners, according to a Syracuse University study.
Kroll is considering moving part of its government-services operation to Miami because its branch here has sufficient office space.
Kroll’s South Florida division will screen employees at Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport, said Kroll spokeswoman Jacqueline Kates.
Screenings will consist of credit and criminal-history checks and an analysis to determine if a job applicant is a potential terrorist threat or tied to a terrorist organization, Ms. Kates said.
"We want our airport screeners to be well-screened themselves, and we want to be confident the workforce is up to that standard," said Jeff Schlanger, president of Kroll Government Services.
Most of the work will be done electronically, but some footwork will be involved, he said.
Previously, ChoicePoint oversaw job candidates’ background checks. Kroll was awarded the contract by the Transportation Security Administration.
"TSA screeners serve on the front line of homeland security, and the American people need to know that they are of the highest caliber," James M. Loy, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said in a written statement. "This contract will assist TSA in quickly and accurately performing background checks on potential TSA screeners prior to making them a job offer."