If a federal employee is accused of misconduct on or off the job, he/she may be subject to an investigation by a federal agency.
Some of the most common types of federal employee investigations involve the following:
- Misuse of government equipment or funds
- Attendance or time card issues
- Off-duty criminal or traffic charge
A federal employee investigation begins when the employee is notified to meet with an investigator, who is typically a supervisor, agency investigator, a human resources representative, or another type of federal agent. Keep in mind, the employee does not often know the details of the investigation prior to speaking with the investigator.
During the meeting, an investigator – or two investigators – may start asking an employee questions or request that he/she provide a statement regarding the alleged misconduct. Whether this interview is conducted voluntarily or involuntarily, it is imperative to have a federal employment on your side when speaking with the investigators.
After the interview, investigators will summarize the employee’s statements in a document and attempt to have him/her sign an official statement. However, it is not uncommon for investigators to create their own characterizations or versions and take the employee’s statements out of context.
If the investigators believe the complaints against an employee are authentic, then they will search for more evidence, such as documents and recorded correspondence such as email transcripts and even text messages. Anyone who may be involved in the misconduct may also be interviewed.
If the investigators believe an employee did engage in the alleged misconduct, he/she may face disciplinary actions, such as termination, demotion, or unpaid leave.
If you are a federal employee who is being accused of misconduct and investigated by a federal agency, contact Pines Federal today at (800) 801-0598 to discuss your case with our experienced legal team.