The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a federal agency that investigates fraud, waste and other alleged misconduct, including job nonperformance, by government employees. If you are under investigaiton by the OIG, or are requested to appear at an OIG interview, it is important to know what is at stake. If the OIG believes you are involved in criminal activity, you could be subject to workplace discipline as well as criminal prosecution by the Justice Department for prosecution.
You have the right to an attorney when meeting with representatives of the OIG. It is critical to exercise this right at the earliest opportunity. At Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C., our law firm has a record of vigorously defending the rights of federal employees facing all types of allegations. We understand the unique nature of federal laws protecting employees, and will use this knowledge to protect you.
How Does An OIG Interview Work?
The OIG cannot force you to answer questions; however, your supervisor can discipline you for refusing to do so. Employees can only refuse to answer questions if their answers could be used against them in criminal proceedings. The lawyer you select can make a dramatic impact in the way this matter is resolved.
If you are under investigation, an attorney can help you comply with the investigation while presenting your case in the best light. Should the OIG recommend employment discipline, we can represent you in a hearing before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Contact Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C.
From our office in Washington D.C., we represent federal employees throughout Maryland, Virginia and beyond. Our lawyers and staff will do everything possible within the law to protect your rights and your employment. Contact Alan Lescht and Associates today if you are under investigation by the OIG.