Drug Testing:

Action by Certain Agencies When Employees Test Positive for Illegal Drugs

GGD-90-56FS: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: May 10, 1990.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO reviewed actions that selected federal agencies took when their employees tested positive for illegal drug use.

GAO found that: (1) the Army and Department of Transportation (DOT) offered rehabilitation to employees who tested positive for illegal drug use; (2) the type of disciplinary action taken for the same misconduct varied across and within agencies, from employee dismissal to permanent reassignment or demotion to a position for which random drug testing was not required; (3) if the employee successfully completed rehabilitation, tested negative for drug use for 1 year, and met agreed aftercare rehabilitation requirements, DOT would reinstate the employee back into the random testing pool; (4) a second positive drug test at any time following rehabilitation resulted in immediate dismissal; and (5) Drug Enforcement Agency employees were dismissed for positive drug tests except in unusual circumstances.

Sep 21, 2016

Aug 3, 2016

Aug 1, 2016

Jul 14, 2016

Jul 5, 2016

Jun 30, 2016

Jun 28, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Jun 22, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here