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This is just bizarre. I can't figure out how it escaped my notice, and I 
don't understand why this wasn't a huge fight.

Whoever said "wow, in Texas?" <-- THAT

>From the Board Website:

Why are engineers being asked to get a criminal history record check?

The Texas Legislature will now require professional engineers, among other 
licensed professions, to have a record check to provide a measure of 
assurance of safety to the public as well as more transparency and 
accountability as professionals.

What other professions are required to have a criminal history record 

According to the February 2012 Sunset report to the Texas Legislature, at 
least 51 other state agencies in Texas use fingerprint-based criminal 
history record checks including those that regulate attorneys, dentists, 
insurance professionals, accountants, nurses, realtors, and physicians.

Why are fingerprints necessary for a criminal history record check?

The criminal record checks performed under this new law will be run by the 
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) against both state and national 
databases. The national database kept by the Federal Bureau of 
Investigations (FBI) can only be accessed using a fingerprint based search. 
 Any positive matches will be sent to TBPE for review.

Didn’t you previously do some kind of background checks?

Yes. TBPE has performed a different type of criminal background check 
through the Texas Department of Public Safety on new applicants based only 
on name and date of birth. The information available to TBPE was only for 
incidents that occurred in Texas. This new process provides information for 
 incidents in all states, providing a more thorough and equitable search 
for Texas residents as well as out-of-state applicants and PEs.

What are the security requirements for the CHRC?

All data collected by the CHRC is required to be secure. The CHRC system is 
 administered through DPS, and its vendor, MorphoTrust. There is a contract 
 agreement between these organizations, which requires the implementation 
of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy put in 
place by the Department of Justice and the FBI. More information can be 
found here:

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of rivet man Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:20 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Texas discussion List

>From the Texas Board

Starting January 1, 2014, by law, all license applications and all renewals 
 of active licenses will require a one-time criminal history record check 
to be done at the applicant or licensee’s expense. Senate Bill 
204<> passed by the 
83rd Texas Legislature modified the Texas Engineering Practice Act to 
require this procedural change.

On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Polhemus, William

> This is the first I've heard of this.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)]
> On Behalf Of Matthew Stuart Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:29 AM
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Texas discussion List

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