Your federal career is important to you and your family. You depend on the income and the job satisfaction, knowing that what you do provides an important governmental service. Obtain a job with the federal government can be time consuming and demanding, and when some event occurs that threatens that position, you need to respond appropriately.
And the best way to respond is to contact an attorney who is experienced handling federal employment law matters. Whether your issue involves questions that could eventually be in front of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), having an attorney to assist with your matter is essential.
This is because even at the earliest stages of an investigation or disciplinary action, evidence is being gathered. While no one has probably read you a Miranda Rights-like warning, you should be aware that every email you send, every meeting you attend and every conversation you have could saved or recorded and be used against you.
This is why every response to any inquiry is important. Your supervisors or managers will be tracking and assembling this material and if you have supplied confused, mistaken or angry replies, it will all go into a record that could eventually be read by an administrative law judge of the MSPB, or the full board.
In situations where you have been targeted, perhaps as retaliation due to whistleblower actions or simply because you have fallen into disfavor with a manager, your credibility becomes paramount. If you compromise that by inaccuracies or inconsistencies in any of your statements, they could be used later to impeach your credibility and lead to your termination.
An attorney can help by alerting you to dangerous questions, advising you of how to respond and help protect your federal employment.