January 18, 2007 15:59 ET

USIS Commercial Services Launches Fingerprint Collection Product

Checking Applicants' Criminal History Using Fingerprinting Protects Employees and the Public, and Helps Prevent Theft of Company Property

TULSA, OK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- USIS, a national leader in employment screening, drug testing, insurance services, and the largest provider of security investigations to the U.S. government, announces the launch of a new Fingerprint Collection product, which is an employment screening service that enables authorized employers to conduct criminal searches through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on an individual's unique fingerprint. The service is offered by USIS' commercial services business based in Tulsa, Okla.

Through a comprehensive, nationwide network of live scan fingerprint collection sites, USIS assists companies in mitigating risk by identifying applicants or employees who could have a criminal history. "The use of live scan equipment allows employers to quickly and easily perform fingerprint based criminal record searches on an individual," said Director of Criminal Records for USIS' commercial services business, Dean Johnson. "Identifying individuals with a possible criminal past shows that an employer is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the protection of company assets, as well as ensure the safety of its employees and members of the general public."

"USIS is continually expanding its focus to include new industries, such as the financial services sector," said Tim Dowd, president of USIS' commercial services business. "Our new Fingerprint Collection product allows us to effectively address the special screening requirements of the financial services market. We are also offering fingerprinting services to employers in many other industries to help improve the safety and security of their work place."

Using fingerprint technology to conduct criminal history checks is a common, and sometimes mandated practice in several industries, including transportation, finance/banking, gaming, nuclear, and healthcare. "USIS has made the fingerprinting process easier for those employers who have a statutory need to conduct criminal checks through the FBI," said Johnson. "We have the technology and established processes to allow employers to meet industry requirements while using fewer internal resources to administer the collection of fingerprints."

Clients initiate the fingerprinting process by placing an order on the USIS ordering website. Based on the applicant's zip code, USIS will determine the nearest collection site, and will send an instructional ticket to the employer that will direct the applicant to the appropriate collection site. The applicant then visits one of USIS' partner medical clinics, where the fingerprint collection will be conducted in a professional, sterile environment. The fingerprint status will then be posted on the USIS ordering website for the employer to view.

Fingerprinting is just one aspect of an employment screening package. The most comprehensive solution in employment screening is to combine Fingerprint Collection with additional background screening services offered by USIS' commercial services business. The company provides credit reports, employment and education verifications, drug testing, and other products which assist more than 33,000 customers across the U.S. in the transportation, retail, healthcare, insurance, gaming, manufacturing and financial services industries.

For more information on USIS' commercial services business and Fingerprint Collection, visit

Established in 1996, USIS ( is a worldwide provider of total client solutions in human resources, investigations, and security services to businesses, federal agencies and institutions. USIS offers a broad range of services including background investigations and drug screening solutions, security and related professional services, and national security related staffing and training. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., USIS employs more than 7,000 associates that support business operations in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and overseas.

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