PS Form 2181-A, Pre-Employment Screening - Authorization and Release is a form used for a multiple-component screening process consistently applied to all applicants who are to be selected for all United States Postal Service (USPS) positions regardless of the type of appointment. The information provided during the USPS pre-employment screening authorization is used to determine an individual's suitability for employment. Not only does it help the USPS to investigate the background of applicants, but is also used to verify the accuracy of potential employee's claims. It is not obligatory to share this information with your potential employer, but if it is not provided, you may not receive full consideration. Additionally, pre-employment screening helps to reduce the risk of turnover and protects the employer.
The latest version of the form - also known as the USPS Form 2181-A - was released on October 1, 2015, with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date PS Form 2181-A fillable version is available for download below.
The PS Form 2181-D (Disclosure and Authorization for Consumer Reports and Investigative Consumer Reports) is a related form used to disclose information about potential employee's background, such as identity information, credit reports, academic records, court records, criminal records, employment records, military service information, and driving records. An investigative consumer report is obtained through interviews to find out information about the applicant's character, personal characteristics, general reputation, and mode of living.
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