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Frequently Asked Questions Investigations

How should I handle a case when serious issues are admitted on application material or developed during the examination or appointment process?

Agencies must submit requests to OPM for Governmentwide debarment consideration in any case warranting a debarment from all covered positions.3. What should I do if I discover falsification or deception or fraud in examination or appointment is identified?

Agencies should closely review all application material (such as the OF 612, résumé, OF 306), or the results of any completed background investigation, for indications of material and intentional falsification, or deception or fraud. This may relate to responses to the suitability questions or to qualifications, diploma mill degrees, or other types of merit system fraud. Agencies must refer the case to SAB when it involves the examination or appointment process (initial appointment or reinstatement to a covered position). OPM may exercise its jurisdiction and take a removal and/or debarment action, or coordinate adjudication with the agency if the agency wishes to take action.

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