Hefty Price Tag for Replacing Ohio’s Background Check System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s proposed replacement of the state’s computerized criminal background check system comes with a hefty price tag.

The Columbus Dispatch reports five bids ranging from $5.97 million to $17.72 million have been submitted to replace the hardware and software of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s system.

It was reported last year that the system incorrectly returned results of clean records for some individuals to employers. Other issues included convictions not flowing into the system for months and the system not triggering automated arrest alerts.

DeWine has pledged to move on from the faulty system. His office fined the current contractor, 3MCogent, for failing to properly operate and improve the system.

Bidding was first opened last month but figures weren’t released until recently.