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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
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