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 OIG investigation, or if the OIG has called you in for an interview, it is important to know what is at stake. In addition to facing potential discipline from your employer, if the OIG believes you are involved in criminal activity, it could forward its report to 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?
While the OIG cannot force you to answer questions in an interview, your supervisor can enforce disciplinary actions if you refuse to interview with the OIG. In fact, in an OIG interview, employees can only refuse to answer questions if the answers to such questions 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 OIG investigation, one of our attorneys will advise you throughout the OIG interview to 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). Every step we take is aimed toward helping you minimize the possible adverse consequences of this investigation.
Contact Alan Lescht & 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.