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    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.

    Thanks,

    FYI, we're a CA retail employer

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    responsibility?

    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.

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    • #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.

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      • #4
        as long as it is all truthful

        as long as it is all truthful

        -curt j.

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        • #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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