Hans Rinecker, CEO of The Chimes of DC, said the new requirements are tough, but added that security has always been an issue at the federal buildings. The Chimes
said, had not been informed of the new background check requirements.However, he
said, the company makes it a condition of employment that all of its employees clear the federal background check.
"It's part of our hiring package and requirements," he
To meet the new demands, Rinecker
said, The Chimes
will "step up" its recruiting efforts.
The company would seemingly be hit hard by any changes in federal employment requirements.Besides the Pentagon, The Chimes
also has contracts to clean parts or all of Dover Air Force Base; the Library of Congress
and the Washington offices of the Department of Interior; The Department of Commerce
and Interstate Commerce, as well as Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Rinecker
said that, with the economy plummeting, he
doesn't expect too serious a problem continuing to fill the 1,000 cleaning jobs at federal facilities The Chimes
serves, however, he
said, it won't be easy either. The Chimes
, as well as others who contract custodial services to the federal government, are affiliated with NISH – a national nonprofit organization that provides employment for people with severe disabilities.
That affiliation includes hiring the disabled for jobs at The Chimes
.But the new federal definition of disability – which includes drug use and alcoholism – could come into conflict with the new security requirements for some of the contractors since it's likely that a person in treatment for drug use or even alcoholism has some criminal history.
Once a security pass is granted to a contractor, life doesn't get any easier.