Federal agencies have wide discretion to investigate their employees for misconduct, non-performance and criminal violations. Usually the Office of the Inspector General conducts these investigations, but other agency offices can also be involved. Following an investigation, the OIG may refer the allegations to the U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution and/or to management for disciplinary action.
If you believe there is an on-going investigation, or if you have been asked to participate, you have the right to have an attorney. ALG’s attorneys can be present when you are interviewed, shield you from inappropriate question, and protect you from improper investigatory techniques. If an investigation proceeds to proposed disciplinary[ Link to] action, we can help you respond to the proposal and file an appropriate appeal.
For more information about your rights during an OIG investigation and how to protect yourself, contact us.