“We will continue to monitor the state agency’s actions and progress toward implementation of the new criminal background check requirements,” the agency said in a written statement. The report acknowledged that Georgia complied with most federal rules.
A 2014 federal law requires states to put into place comprehensive criminal background check systems for current and prospective child care workers. No state met the original Sept. 30, 2017 implementation deadline, the audit said. All were granted wavers.
The delays were the fault of the federal agency, Sudman said.
“If the federal government worked with states prior to achieve this, we probably would not have this chaos,” Sudman said.
Georgia law already requires childcare workers to submit their fingerprints to a Federal Bureau of Investigation database. Federal rules call for additional checks with out-of-state law enforcement for workers who lived outside of Georgia in the past five years. Checks must be completed in 45 days.
Sudman said his agency completes most of its checks within 72 hours. An estimated 10 to 15 percent fail to meet the 45 day deadline because of delays obtaining criminal background information from out-of-state agencies, he said.