[§231-1.6 Personnel security program; criminal history record checks.] (a) The department shall establish a personnel security program that ensures a background investigation is completed at the appropriate level designated by the federal government for any person, including any authorized contractor, to have access to federal tax information. This program shall include criminal history record checks in accordance with section 846-2.7. Information obtained pursuant to this subsection shall be used exclusively by the department for the purpose of determining whether the person is suitable for accessing federal tax information in accordance with applicable federal laws.
(b) The department may terminate or deny employment to any employee or applicant, or terminate or refuse to secure the services of any contractor, if the department finds by reason of the background investigation conducted under subsection (a) that the employee or applicant, or employee or agent of the contractor, poses a risk to the security of federal tax information. Termination or denial of employment, or termination or refusal to secure the services of any contractor, under this subsection shall only occur after appropriate notification to the employee, applicant, or employee or agent of the contractor, of the findings of the background investigation, and after the employee, applicant, or employee or agent of the contractor is given an opportunity to meet and rebut the findings. Nothing in this subsection shall abrogate any applicable appeal rights under chapters 76 and 89, or administrative rules of the department.
(c) The department shall be exempt from section 831-3.1 and need not conduct investigations, notifications, or hearings under this section in accordance with chapter 91. [L 2017, c 132, §2]