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I am an Employee Relations Specialist with the Air Force in Germany. We recently terminated a probationer for misrepresentation of his OF 306. Our discovery of the misrepresentation was NOT part of any OPM investigation; it was discovered by knowledge obtained by others on our base. We, therefore, took adverse action under procedures of part 315. 5 CFR 731.103(g) & 5 CFR 731.105(e) which state that an agency must notify OPM if it wants to take, or has taken, action. My question is to whom and how should I make the notification?

In cases of covered positions that are subject to investigation as defined in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731, the Office of Personnel Management retains jurisdiction to make final determinations and take actions in all suitability cases where there is evidence that there has been a material, intentional false statement, or deception or fraud in examination or appointment or there is a refusal to furnish testimony as required by §5.4 of Chapter 5.  Agencies must refer these cases to OPM for suitability determinations and actions under 5 CFR 731, and when an agency wants to take or has taken an action under its own authority (5 CFR part 315, 5 CFR part 359, or 5 CFR part 752), the agency must notify OPM.  OPM may, in its discretion, exercise its jurisdiction under this part in any case it deems necessary.

To notify OPM of the action your agency has taken, please contact the OPM Suitability Adjudications office located in Pennsylvania by calling (724) 794-5612.

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