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#1 Posted : Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:00:36 PM(UTC)

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This message is intended for all “Cleared DoD Employees” of the United States Government.

Two months after I retired, I wrote a letter to OPM’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding the failure of Offutt AFB, the Air Combat Command, and the United States Strategic Command to implement a program mandated by Executive Order (E.O.) 12968, Access to Classified Information. My letter was referred to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Inspector General (DAIG) for investigation as DoD Hotline Complaint number 20140522-025494 Case 1.

E.O. 12968 mandates that Employee Assistance Program (EAP) information be included in security education training programs for the cleared workforce. (Reference; Cleared DOD Employees at Risk – Report 2). From my perspective as a Union Officer, non-compliance likely contributed to suicide, work place violence, and espionage in my Agency.

On 22 September 2017, the DOD OIG informed me that the investigation “has been closed.” Shortly thereafter, Offutt AFB management notified the Union (AFGE Local 1486) that it intended to comply with E.O. 12968 effective 1 October 2017 and distributed a website address for the Employee Assistance Program as managed by Federal Occupational Health.

A new Personal Security Program Manual (DoDM 5200.02) became effective on 3 April 2017. The new manual requires DoD Component Heads to inform employees about guidance and assistance available concerning issues that may affect their eligibility for access to classified information, including sources of assistance for employees who have questions or concerns about financial matters, mental health, or substance abuse. (Ref: 2.10 The DoD Component Heads, par. k (2)). However, the regulation is devoid of a source for this information, which is why I am posting it here.

Cleared DOD personnel seeking confidential counseling for issues that may affect their ability to maintain a security clearance can find assistance at the Federal Occupational Health website, FOH4You.com. Immediate intervention is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-222-0364.

George G. Sarris
Former VP AFGE Local 1486
Offutt AFB, NE
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