Due Process:

Procedures for Unfavorable Suitability and Security Clearance Actions

NSIAD-90-97FS: Published: Apr 23, 1990. Publicly Released: May 24, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated six federal agencies' administrative due-process procedures.

GAO found that: (1) the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) carried out the civilian personnel suitability and security programs; (2) only one agency had regulations that specifically included administrative due-process procedures for cases where employees were determined unsuitable for federal employment; (3) OPM governed agencies' adverse suitability determinations; (4) four agencies had regulations that included administrative due-process procedures for employees denied security clearances; (5) two agencies' regulations did not include specific procedures; (6) four agencies' regulations included administrative due-process procedures for revoked security clearances; (7) the OPM Federal Personnel Manual (FPM) instructed agencies to comply with applicable administrative due-process requirements; (8) one agency's regulations stated that FPM applied to situations not covered in their regulations; and (9) one agency's regulations included administrative due-process procedures for contractor employees, and the other five agencies participated in a program with regulations including due-process procedures.

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