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Inquiries knows fingerprinting
As one of the few elite FBI Channelers, we provide reliable, stringent expertise in capturing and processing fingerprints in a convenient and compliant electronic format.
Inquiries Screening has partnered with Sterling Identity (through their nationwide network) to provide customers needing a security clearance with the most convenient and professional live scan fingerprint network. Sterling Identity collects your fingerprints and provides them to Inquiries, which then provide all the required information to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Sterling Identity’s nationwide network covers over 700 cities in all 50 states and Washington DC. Your candidates are usually less than a 30-minute commute from a location. The state-of-the-art technology means candidate data remains safe and secure throughout the fingerprinting process.
Get SWFT compliant today
Our Card Scanning Service gets you compliant immediately.
No need to invest in new equipment or change your current collection processes. Simply send your cards to us and let us do the work for you. We’ll process your hard copy prints and produce a SWFT-compliant format. Working with Inquiries Screening gives you more options - submit the results on your own or let us quickly upload on your behalf. Choose Inquiries Screening to upload results on your behalf and skip the SWFT account registration process.
These are the steps needed to submit your SWFT submission.
1. Register your company
Become a client of Inquiries Screening in just a few easy steps.
2. Once registered
Send your employee an invitation to complete their own biographic information
3. Authorization page
The employee will receive an authorization page with two barcodes on it
4. Sterling Identity Nationwide Network OR FD-258 Cards
If the employee is using the Sterling Identity Nationwide Network, they will need to go to https://www.sterlingidentity.com/locations to find the nearest location to them. The employee will take the QR code to their nearest location and a certified technician will verify their identity and capture the best fingerprints possible. The file is then transmitted to Inquiries.
If the employee is mailing their fingerprint cards to Inquiries, they will need to go somewhere local to them and have their fingerprints captured on a FD-258 fingerprint card. The cards will need to be mailed to Inquiries with the authorization page.
Once Inquiries has the Sterling Identity file or the FD-258 card, Inquiries can upload the eft files to SWFT on your behalf.
We have options. So do you.
The most trusted SWFT provider.
Inquiries has been an FBI channeler since 2006, having passed all of the security processes and procedures necessary for Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT), we are able to offer you more options to meet the mandate - Option 4 (FBI Channeler) and Option 3 (outside cleared contractor) capabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have answered a wide range of Questions for your Convenience
Q. How can I meet the requirements for SWFT?
There are five (5) options available for companies to meet the Department of Defense (DoD) mandate to transition to electronic capture and
submission of fingerprint images in support of all background investigations. You may implement one or more of the following options based on funding,
mission needs and geographic locations.
- Option 1: Company Purchases Equipment
- Option 2: Companies Sharing Resources
- Option 3: Company(s) Offering Service
- Option 4: Third Party Vendor Provides Electronic Fingerprint File
- Option 5: Other Government Entities
Q. How can we submit fingerprint records
In support of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), all contractors
cleared under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) are required to submit fingerprints electronically via Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT)
Download Mandate (↓ PDF)
Q. What is the Industrial Security Facilities Database?
All cleared companies listed in the Industrial Security Facilities Database must submit electronic fingerprint files to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
for National Industrial Security Program (NISP) applicants.
Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD)
Q. Where can I find the DOD mandate for SWFT compliance?
By memorandum dated July 29, 2010, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a requirement for Department of Defense (DoD) components to transition
to electronic capture and submission of fingerprint images in support of all background investigations by December 31, 2013 (e-Fingerprint memo). In an effort
to comply with this mandate the Defense Security Service (DSS) is providing guidance to assist companies participating in the National Industrial Security Program
(NISP) to transition to electronic fingerprinting. Additionally, this transition will support goals established by the Intelligence Reform andTerrorism Prevention
Act of 2004 and the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12. - U.S. Department of Defense
Electronic Fingerprint Capture Options for Industry (↓ PDF)
Q. What is the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004?
"To reform the intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, and for other purposes"
Download Act (↓ PDF)
Q. What is the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12)?
Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.