Know Your Rights, Part 2
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., wrote the article, "Know Your Rights, Part 2" for the December edition of Federal Times. Her article also appears on the Federal Times website under the "Ask the Lawyer" blog.
Read an excerpt of the article below:
The most important aspect of knowing your rights is knowing whether you are legally required to answer the questions of an OIG agent. The duty to cooperate in an investigation is only the duty to show up for the interview. Whether you have a duty to answer questions at the interview is a different legal matter. If you are not specifically told that you are required to answer questions asked of you (or face disciplinary action for refusing to answer), then you are not legally required to answer the agent’s questions.