June 1, 2017

This revision of the DFPS Centralized Background Check Unit Operating Handbook was published on June 1, 2017. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.

ABCS Background Checks (PATS 9957)

The item below is updated to reflect changes to the Automated Background Check System (ABCS), which require that a person who is an ABCS User or Administrator for multiple contracts must have a clear background check under each contract to which he or she will have access.

2330 Options for Contractors With Multiple PCS Contracts

HHS Enterprise Portal (PATS 9957)

The Identity Access Management System (IAM) has been updated and is now referred to as the HHS Enterprise Portal. The definition in Item 1300 describes the new capabilities of the application. The change in terminology has been made in the items below:

1300 Definitions of Terms

5210 CASA Employees, Volunteers, and Board Members

5230 CASA HHS Enterprise Portal Identity Access Management (IAM) Representative

5300 Procedures for Requesting a Background Check

3200 Background Check Waivers and Appendix 3000-3 Addition (PATS 9992)

This revision adds HHSC as an external entity granted a non-expiring waiver. See:

3200 Obtaining a Waiver for a Background Check Waivers


Appendix 3000-3: External Entities Granted a Non-Expiring Waiver

Appeal Decisions (PATS 10057)

The item below is revised to reflect the change in position title of the person authorized to review determinations made by CBCU that an individual is barred from employment. The chief operation officer is now called the associate commissioner of program operations. See:

2522 Conducting the Review