Is anyone familiar with an ISO standard outlining the hiring of labour for vendors being hired by DHS or Canadian government? I've found security standards but nothing for hiring practices.

Edit for clarification. Our company will be selling to the public sector for city engineering and emergency services. Since we're providing applications, we'll need to conform to standards for security. We've been able to find standards for software security, but nothing explaining labour practices (minimum pay, background checks, repeated background checks). I estimate it will take some research to find this information so if anyone has previous experience I'd be grateful to hear the insight. Thanks :)

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    I think if you spell labor, "labour", you're automatically disqualified ;)
    – AviD
    May 6, 2011 at 10:54
  • @DeLonge - The question looks pretty vague to me. Care to specify what you're after?
    – Iszi
    May 6, 2011 at 14:08
  • @AviD LOL I moved to Canada and adopted "English" spelling. But unfortunately for you a third of the world spells it that way ;) May 7, 2011 at 7:22
  • @Iszi I am making an edit to clarify. May 7, 2011 at 7:22
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    @Graham I agree it's a diverse and dynamic issue. I'll try to find who the best organization is for such standards/accreditation. May 8, 2011 at 23:52

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Common Criteria is a system level standard used by both counties (along with many others depending on the accreditation plan) but that does not address your question. If the issue is related to hiring foreign coders there may be a problem if the project touches International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations controls in the US. This PDF may help http://www.bis.doc.gov/seminarsandtraining/training-modules/essentials_of_export_controls_modules_1_6.pdf The technology used, if controlled, could present an issue even if the product is not for export as the knowledge is controlled from export as well.

  • Interesting I appreciate the link. If I find any specific criteria that answers the question I will also post it here. It's a good start. May 9, 2011 at 0:04

Within the USA, the Department of Labor exists to provide that information. Of course there are additional tiers of laws at the state level, but the Department of Labor will be happy to tell you about minimum pay, etc. It is, quite literally, their raison d'etre.

With respect to background checks, I'm not entirely sure at the local/city level, but I suspect you'll find that the common denominator is either the Public Trust Clearance or the background check required for the HSPD-12 credential ( I think that is a NACI today but will change in the near future).

Wikipedia is a fairly good place to start for both countries. Figure out the credentials required, and that should tell you what identity vetting and background investigation is required.

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