July 27, 2015
corresondence from USA Swimming:
Background checks are taking much longer than the 3-5 days they used to take. In some states, they are taking up to 3-4 weeks to process. This is due to several factors:
Sterling is doing more in-depth checks for us than they did in the past;
More organizations and companies are requiring background checks and this has created a backlog for city/state/county clerks;
More states are trying to get older criminal records scanned into their computer systems, which places an additional strain on the municipal clerk’s office staff who have to make that happen.
Officials and coaches should plan to renew their background checks at least a month in advance of their renewal date.