A recent story in the New York Post highlights how long it can sometimes take for the government to conduct a criminal background check and how dangerous that delay can be.  A recent Post story notes that “[New York C]ity’s top watchdog agency [the Department of Investigation or DOI] is so behind in conducting background checks for new city employees that it doesn’t expect to catch up for another three to four years.”  A similar Gothamist story notes that “[a]fter the arrest of a high-ranking Department of Education official and the subsequent revelation that his background check was never completed despite years of DOE employment, the city’s Department of Investigation’s background check process is once again under scrutiny.  David Hay was fired from his position as Deputy Chief of Staff to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza immediately after Wisconsin authorities arrested him for allegedly using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime on December 29th; he was then hit with federal charges for allegedly using a dating app to lure a minor into having sex and possession of child pornography on January 3rd.”