RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Expect Delay in Criminal History Reports
April 22, 2010

PCPA has been informed by the Department of Public Welfare that a high volume of US Census Bureau staff fingerprint requests are expected to be submitted to the FBI, which will add an additional processing load on the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.  This additional load will have an impact on the systems processing capacity.  Consequently state and federal authorities will suspend submission of all noncriminal justice fingerprints (such as fingerprints submitted for licensing and employment) during the period of April 28 – May 3. 

Accordingly, noncriminal justice fingerprints submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository during this period will be held in a queue and not processed until after May 3.  Submission of noncriminal justice fingerprints will gradually resume beginning May 4.  In addition, applicant prints submitted through Cogent Systems will be held by Cogent and gradually submitted to the FBI beginning May 4.  Federal authorities estimate that it will take approximately two weeks to complete the processing of the backlog of fingerprints for all contributors. 

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