“The agreement announced today sends a clear message: if you are a government contractor and you illegally ship jobs overseas, you will be held accountable,” New York Attorney Gneral Eric T. Schneiderman said.
Focused Technologies Imaging Services (FTIS) admitted to sending the personal information it received from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to the Indian company, which was not authorized to receive the data, Schneiderman and Inspector General Leahy Scott said in a statement. It also admitted to violating a contract requirement to hire disabled people in the US to do half the work, they said.The overall co ntract that FTIS had was for $3.4 million, but it paid the Indian company only $82,000 for 37.5 percent of the work, officials said. The contract was for digitsing and indexing about 22 million fingerprint cards and creating a searchable database. The cards were of all state law enforcement officials, prisoners, parolees, and personnel undergoing background checks and included their dates of birth, identifying numbers and physical characteristics.
Because of sensitive nature of the information the contract required FTIS to do the digitisation in a warehouse in the state capital, Albany, using only employees who passed a criminal background check. FTIS’s current sole owner Charles Tobin, is responsible for $3.05 million of the penalty and former co-owner Julie Benware for $50,000. FTIS has also agreed to perform 69 percent of the work of certain contracts it gets within two years using disabled people. (IANS)