$11M Bid Awarded to Replace Ohio’s Background Check System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a nearly $11 million contract to a California-based company to replace the state’s computerized criminal background check system.

Spokesman Dan Tierney tells The Columbus Dispatch that NEC, of Rancho Cordova, California, was found to have submitted the best bid to replace the hardware and software of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s system.

It had been reported that the old 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.

The new system will use fingerprint-identification software to match arrests and convictions. It’ll cost more than $1 million a year to maintain and support.