OnlinePHQ is a background investigation tool from LESI (Law Enforcement Services Inc.) that offers public safety departments a quick, inexpensive way to collect background information from their applicants. Using Internet technology, this online questionnaire collects, analyzes and reports applicant information to departments. Unlike pencil-and-paper forms, onlinePHQ presents questions in a conditional sequence that prevents applicants from withholding information or submitting blank answers, thus assuring accurate, complete responses. In addition to collecting historical and biographical data, the underlying programming derives critical items for follow-up and identifies discrepancies between historical and current data. Resultant reports can be downloaded 24/7.