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Federal Investigations

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Alan Lescht and Associates represents federal government employees in connection with investigations by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and other federal agencies.

What is the Office of Inspector General?

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an agency that investigates fraud, waste and other alleged misconduct, including misconduct, by government employees.  The OIG may initiate investigations into employee misconduct.  If you are under investigation by the OIG, or are requested to appear at an OIG interview, it is important to know what is at stake.  Any findings related to misconduct or criminal activity could subject you to workplace discipline and/or criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice.

What are my rights?

The OIG cannot force you to answer questions in an OIG interview.  However, your supervisor can discipline you for refusing to do so. But there is one exception - your supervisor cannot discipline you for refusing to answer questions that could be used against you in criminal proceedings.

 

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.  Having legal representation can make a dramatic impact in the outcome of an investigation.

Why should I hire Alan Lescht and Associates?

If you are being investigated by the OIG or another federal agency, we can help.  Our attorneys will work with you to evaluate your case, discuss your options, and develop a strategy to assert your rights.  Clients retain us to:

  • Provide legal advice about rights and obligations during investigations
  • Represent you at investigatory interviews
  • Challenge discipline imposed as a result of an investigation

Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney. Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic and results-driven legal services to federal government employees around the world.

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Weller v. General Services Administration

MSPB Docket 0752-12-0519-I-1 (2014)

GSA fired our client following the Western Regions Las Vegas Conference scandal in 2013. We appealed his termination to the MSPB and argued that the agency failed to prove that Mr. Weller engaged in conduct unbecoming of a federal employee. MSPB law judge Ronald Weiss reversed Mr. Weller’s termination, and ordered the agency to return him to work. He also awarded our client 19 months’ back pay.

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