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Letter No. 01-04

Subject: FinCEN Reports in OPM Investigations;Confrontational Interviewing

Date: December 26, 2000

With the issuance of Executive Order 12968, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Investigations Service (OPM-IS) began scheduling searches of the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for all SSBI-PR investigations. If a match is received from a search, a computer-generated report from FinCEN is furnished to the requesting agency Security Office, along with the other investigative results.  OPM-IS does not routinely expand the investigation or confront the case Subject with issues identified in the FinCEN reports. However, agency Security Offices may request that OPM-IS conduct the confrontational interview by submitting a request for a Reimbursable Suitability/Security Investigation (RSI) to OPM/FIPC, to the attention of the Contract Management Branch.

If an agency decides during its adjudicative process to confront the Subject of an investigation with the information in FinCEN reports, it must notify Charlotte Hatfield at FinCEN in writing before conducting the confrontational interview.  Be certain to identify the Subject of investigation by Name, SSN, and Date of Birth, and state that the interview will concern specific information cited in the FinCEN report.

Send the written notification to:

Ms. Charlotte Hatfield
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Department of the Treasury
2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
Vienna, VA 22182

If agencies have questions regarding these matters, please contact Cheryl Sexton, Program Manager, OPM-FIPC, at 724-794-5612, or by e-mail at cmsexton@opm.gov.

Richard A. Ferris
Associate Director for Investigations

Inquiries: OPM/FIPC, 724-794-5612

Code: 736,  Investigations

Distribution: Non-DoD SOI's

Notice Expires: December 26, 2001

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