APSCREEN About Us

APSCREEN (The Applicant Screening Company of America, is the oldest,continuously operated factual employment screening company in the United States, diagnosis formed in Los Angeles on January 1, 1980, and incorporated in California on July 5, 1988 by Thomas C. Lawson, CFE, CII. Your can request a copy of Tom’s Curriculum Vitae and Case Samples via email. Also check out recent letters of recognition from President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as the Special Investigation’s Unit of Gray Davis’ State of CA Office.

APSCREEN is the first and foremost a Factual Employment Screening firm in the form of a Consumer Reporting Agency, and always has been. We don’t skirt that issue to avoid Consumer Protection Laws, in order to sell incomplete decisional information that should be avoided in the employment setting. We helped write the rules, before there were any rules, so we live by the rules. Non-CRAs who sell incompetent (non-index date) end-user criminal data for employment decisions are dangerous to the American workplace plain and simple.

APSCREEN was in the employment screening business when there was no background check industry, in fact over a decade and a half before it became fashionable to be in the background screening business. When we started, there were two other national firms, one of which the founder died, and the other changed its business model to go database. We are not nor have we ever been, a Private Investigation firm reinvented to suggest longevity in this discipline or otherwise.

Much of the published works on the topic have roots in previously published works by and about our founder, Thomas C. Lawson, widely considered a pioneer and “modern-day guru of employment screening” (according to W. Barry Nixon in his book Background Screening and Investigations.

With humility and respect to the reader, this is asserted because we are extremely tired and wary of the corporate background check industry hype that leads clients astray and gives a false sense of applicant selection security in the name of unethical profits.

The time has come to stand up for doing background checks the right way! And to reveal the truth about what’s out there.

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