(a) The Director of Technology shall require fingerprint images and associated information from an employee, prospective employee, contractor, subcontractor, volunteer, or vendor whose duties include, or would include, working on data center, telecommunications, or network operations, engineering, or security with access to confidential or sensitive information and data on the network or computing infrastructure.
(b) The fingerprint images and associated information described in subdivision (a) shall be furnished to the Department of Justice for the purpose of obtaining information as to the existence and nature of any of the following:
(1) A record of state or federal convictions and the existence and nature of state or federal arrests for which the person is free on bail or on his or her own recognizance pending trial or appeal.
(2) Being convicted of, or pleading nolo contendere to, a crime, or having committed an act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit, if the crime or act is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a person employed by the state in accordance with this provision.
(3) Any conviction or arrest, for which the person is free on bail or on his or her own recognizance pending trial or appeal, with a reasonable nexus to the information or data to which the employee shall have access.
(c) Requests for federal criminal offender record information received by the Department of Justice pursuant to this section shall be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the Department of Justice.
(d) The Department of Justice shall respond to the Director of Technology with information as provided under subdivision (p) of Section 11105 of the Penal Code .
(e) The Director of Technology shall request subsequent arrest notifications from the Department of Justice as provided under Section 11105.2 of the Penal Code .
(f) The Department of Justice may assess a fee sufficient to cover the processing costs required under this section, as authorized pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 11105 of the Penal Code .
(g) If an individual described in subdivision (a) is rejected as a result of information contained in the Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal offender record information response, the individual shall receive a copy of the response record from the Director of Technology.
(h) The Director of Technology shall develop a written appeal process for an individual described in subdivision (a) who is determined ineligible for employment because of his or her Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal offender record. Individuals shall not be found to be ineligible for employment pursuant to this section until the appeal process is in place.
(i) When considering the background information received pursuant to this section, the Director of Technology shall take under consideration any evidence of rehabilitation, including participation in treatment programs, as well as the age and specifics of the offense.
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