Just last week the Department of Justice settled with a background check company over allegations that it cut corners on background checks. The background checks in question were NSA security leak contractor Edward Snowden and the Navy Yard shooter from the 2013 incident where 12 people died. Running a background check on new employees, especially government employees of certain power, is required. However not all background checks are created equal, as apparent by the above claims. Often a quality inspection of the background check process may be what is needed to verify that the screening is comprehensive and accurate. Below are some of the reasons why background checks fail.