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Otsego Northern Catskills




Fingerprinting Information 
The Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES helps educators meet their legal fingerprinting obligations.  Currently, eleven component districts utilize the fingerprinting service provided by ONC BOCES.  A digital fingerprinting scanning option known as MorphoTrust/IDEMIA allows fingerprinting clearances in as little as 24-72 hours.  This new technology provides the districts the information and support needed in order to carry out their important work ensuring student safety.

To learn more about the fingerprinting requirements, please visit the website of the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA), which is part of the New York State Education Department.  This website includes information about fees, provides the necessary forms and provides a listing of who must be fingerprinted.
Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES
Human Resources Department
Lynn ChaseAssistant Superintendent for Business and Human Resources 
Tara Nolet, Human Resources Coordinator
Tammy Pochily, Regional Certification Officer
Jessy Buel, Media/Communications Specialist
P.O. Box 382, 2020 Jump Brook Road
Grand Gorge, NY 12434
Phone: (607) 588-6291 Ext. 2177
Fax: (607) 588-7022 

Privacy Act Statement

Authority: The FBI’s acquisition, preservation, and exchange of fingerprints and associated information is generally authorized under 28 U.S.C. 534. Depending on the nature of your application, supplemental authorities include Federal statutes, State statutes pursuant to Pub. L. 92-544, Presidential Executive Orders, and federal regulations. Providing your fingerprints and associated information is voluntary; however, failure to do so may affect completion or approval of your application.

Principal Purpose: Certain determinations, such as employment, licensing, and security clearances, may be predicated on fingerprint-based background checks. Your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics may be provided to the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency, and/or the FBI for the purpose of comparing your fingerprints to other fingerprints in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system or its successor systems (including civil, criminal, and latent fingerprint repositories) or other available records of the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency. The FBI may retain your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics in NGI after the completion of this application and, while retained, your fingerprints may continue to be compared against other fingerprints submitted to or retained by NGI.

Routine Uses: During the processing of this application and for as long thereafter as your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics are retained in NGI, your information may be disclosed pursuant to your consent, and may be disclosed without your consent as permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 and all applicable Routine Uses as may be published at any time in the Federal Register, including the Routine Uses for the NGI system and the FBI’s Blanket Routine Uses. Routine uses include, but are not limited to, disclosures to: employing, governmental or authorized non-governmental agencies responsible for employment, contracting, licensing, security clearances, and other suitability determinations; local, state, tribal, or federal law enforcement agencies; criminal justice agencies; and agencies responsible for national security or public safety.

Application Notification and Record Challenge

Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI.  You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record.  The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or updating an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 18, CFR, 16.34.  You can find additional information on the FBI website at is external).