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  • US Office of Personnel Mngt Inquiry

    We have a request from the US Office of Personnel Mngt to interview employees and manager re: a past employee on his habits, hobbies, trustworthiness,use of drugs and alcohol, how he spends his free time, etc. to determine if he is suitable for a position which can affect national security, according to the letter they sent to me.

    What responsibility do we have to participate? Anyone familiar with these types of requests.


    FYI, we're a CA retail employer

  • #2

    You have no legal obligation to participate in this interview process. What is happening is that OPM is conducting a background "suitability" check of one of your former employees. In the post 9/11 federal government, national security, or what passes for it, has become near paramount. It may be that the person is being considered, or has been offered, a position that requires a security clearance.

    OPM conducts brief, face to face interviews, at times, to determine whether there are any 'red flags' or adverse information in a person's background. Most of these take no more than 5 minutes to 10 minutes (for the manager).

    While you don't have to allow this type of contact, without a subpoena, you'd be providing a solid service to your former employee, and may even get the thanks of a grateful nation.


    • #3
      This falls into the category of reference checking and this type is just more thorough than the run-of-the-mill variety.

      Yes, I've had this kind of contact before and even had military officers and FBI agents show up to conduct checks on past employees who have applied for a sensitive position with the government or who are up for promotion and need a higher security level clearance. It's no big deal and there's no downside to you for agreeing to provide the requested information.


      • #4
        as long as it is all truthful

        as long as it is all truthful

        -curt j.


        • #5
          To follow up on this and address a possible concern you may have...

          Although you can normally be held civilly liable for slander under certain circumstances when making statements to future employers, you enjoy a special privilege when responding to governmental requests like this.

          There is special privilege when responding to a request like this that protects you from slander lawsuits as long as you are honest.
          Last edited by grasmicc; 08-19-2005, 12:58 PM.


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