How Do I File A Claim?

Who may file a request for corrective action with OARM?
Who may not file a request for corrective action with OARM?
How do I file a request for corrective action with OARM?
What must my request for corrective action contain?
What if I find it necessary to submit to OARM classified and/or sensitive materials in support of my request for corrective action?
Am I obligated to notify the FBI of my request for corrective action?

Who may file a request for corrective action with OARM?

Individuals who may file a request for corrective action with OARM include current or former employees of, or applicants for employment with, the FBI who:

  • Believe that they have been subject to an unlawful reprisal for their whistleblower activity; and
  • Have previously exhausted their Conducting Office remedies by filing a complaint of reprisal with either the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility or the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.

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Who may not file a request for corrective action with OARM?

FBI employees in positions which the Attorney General has designated as being of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character (i.e., non-career positions) may not file a request for corrective action with OARM.

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How do I file a request for corrective action with OARM?

You must timely file your written request for corrective action with OARM either:

  • By mail to: United States Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, Liberty Square Building, 450 5th Street, N.W., Suite 10200, Washington, DC 20530-0001; or
  • By facsimile to: (202) 514-0713

You may use OARM's Online Request for Corrective Action Form; however, any written format is acceptable.

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What must my request for corrective action contain?

Your request for corrective action must be as specific and factually detailed as possible, and it must contain:

Personal Information

  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as that of your designated representative (if any);
  • Your signature and the signature of your designated representative (if any); and
  • Your signature and the signature of your designated representative (if any); and

Evidence of Exhaustion

  • Evidence that you sought corrective action involving the same protected disclosure(s) and personnel action(s) from the Conducting Office (i.e., either the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility or Office of Inspector General), including the date on which you filed a reprisal complaint with the Conducting Office and an indication as to whether you received notice from the Conducting Office of its termination of its investigation of your reprisal claims; and
  • Any letter you received from the Conducting Office notifying you that it terminated its investigation of your reprisal complaint (the Conducting Office's termination letter is not admissible in OARM proceedings without your consent; you may redact or refrain from submitting all portions other than the date and the first paragraph identifying the letter as a termination letter).

Your Reprisal Claim

  • A detailed description of your alleged whistleblower disclosure(s), including the date of each disclosure and name and title of each individual or office to whom each disclosure was made;
  • An indication as to whether you made a disclosure that you believe evidenced a violation of law, rule, or regulation; mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; and/or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety;
  • A chronology of facts concerning each alleged personnel action taken against you, including the date of each action and the name and title of the person(s) responsible for each action;
  • An explanation of why you believe the personnel action was taken in reprisal for your whistleblower activity and any supporting evidence you have; and
  • An indication as to whether the FBI official(s) who took the alleged personnel action(s) against you had knowledge of your disclosure (if so, specify the date on which you believe each official learned of your disclosure, and explain why you believe each official had knowledge of your disclosure).

Relief Sought

  • An explanation of the specific remedy or relief sought.

Privacy Act Statement (This information is provided pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3)): OARM requests personal information that is relevant and necessary to reach a decision on your request for corrective action. OARM collects this information in order to adjudicate requests for corrective action brought pursuant to the FBI whistleblower regulations, 28 C.F.R. part 27. OARM has the authority to ask for this information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 301, 44 U.S.C. § 3101, and 28 C.F.R. part 27. Because your RCA is a voluntary action, you are not required to provide any personal information in connection with it. However, your failure to supply OARM with all of the information essential to reach a decision in your case could result in the rejection of your RCA. This information is maintained in the system of records JMD-023, Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Case Files, 70 Fed. Reg. 53,253 (Sept. 7, 2005), as amended 72 Fed. Reg. 3410 (Jan. 25, 2007), 72 Fed. Reg. 15,906 (Apr. 3, 2007), and 72 Fed. Reg. 30,631 (June 1, 2007). This information may be disclosed in accordance with published routine uses. To view the routine uses applicable to this system of records, please consult the system of records notice, as amended, at the following links: 70 Fed. Reg. 53,253 at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-17700.htm; 72 Fed. Reg. 3410 at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-1176.htm; 72 Fed. Reg. 15,906 at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-6108.htm; 72 Fed. Reg. 30,631 at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-10523.htm.

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What if I find it necessary to submit to OARM classified and/or sensitive materials in support of my request for corrective action?

You should not file classified and/or sensitive information with your request for corrective action. However, in the event such information becomes necessary in proceedings before OARM, appropriate arrangements for the delivery, handling, and transmission of such materials must be in compliance with FBI and other applicable requirements regarding classified and/or sensitive materials.

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Am I obligated to notify the FBI of my request for corrective action?

No. The Director of OARM shall notify the FBI of the receipt of your request for corrective action, and provide the FBI with 25 calendar days to file a written response.

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