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  •  asdf (30+ / 0-)
    since "learning" of the allegations
    OK, let me get this straight.

    You're a background checks company.

    Yet you need the government to tell you when a handful of employees manage to screw up 40% of the work you do.

    As in, you don't know WTF is going on in your own company. But you're going to vet prospective employees for the security sector.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:09:40 PM PST

    •  The funny thing is ... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... no, not that kind of funny, the kind of funny a smell is when it indicates an imminent explosion ...

      The funny thing is, this company's employees aren't even twice as corrupt as their industry average. They contributed 80% to a sample of known-corrupt people, but they also cover 45% of their market.

      Doesn't that mean they're only about 75% more corrupt than typical background checkers?

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:48:55 PM PST

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      •  No, they are way more than twice as corrupt (4+ / 0-)
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        They have 8 corrupt investigators and 45% of the market, for one corrupt investigator per 5.625%.  Everyone else has 2 corrupt investigators or 1 per 27.5%.  So, by that metric this company is close to five times as corrupt.

        •  I made some rash assumptions (1+ / 0-)
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          It would be unsafe to assume that the population of ten corrupt employees was randomly selected from among the companies providing such services. An investigator may find that the easiest path to more crooks is through the colleagues and acquaintances of already-known crooks.

          More risky, though, would be to assume such companies had any incentive to prefer less-corrupt employees over their more honest peers. Sure, they'd want ones clever enough not to get caught, and by that standard they still seem to have failed.

          So, based on what qualities do they really filter candidates? One hypotheses might be that they value corporate loyalty over honesty, skill or professional ethics. I guess we'll find out more when we see how many of those caught end up making deals and giving evidence against their employers.

          Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

          by chimpy on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:07:59 AM PST

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          •  At this point, I'd think (0+ / 0-)

            that such companies would be trying to filter out patriotism and regard for the law. Those seem to be undesirable qualities in the security sector these days.

            I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:55:32 AM PST

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