J. Michael Honold
14325 Hilltop Dr
Desoto MO 63020-5106
Cell – 636-232-4346
One of the benefits of being a NAPUS member is that you have representation for all administrative actions.
Who needs representation?
- Every Postmaster or OIC who is being asked questions that may lead directly to disciplinary action.
- Every Postmaster or OIC who is issued any form of disciplinary action.
- Every Postmaster who is filing an appeal under the guidelines in ELM 652.
Who may be asking these questions?
- OIG Special Agents – They may be in your office for a routine audit. If so, let them do the audit and give them any documents they request.
- Postal Inspectors
When to ask for representation?
- When your MPOO says this meeting is a pre-disciplinary interview.
- When your MPOO asks for you to come to his/her office for a meeting to discuss some deficiency.
When the Postal Inspectors or OIG special Agents schedule a meeting, or arrive in your office, and show you a “warning” document.
- Miranda – you are under arrest.
- Garrity – what you say may be used against you in administrative action AND in criminal proceedings.
- Kalkines – for administrative action only and NOT for criminal action.
What to say when you are presented a “warning” document?
- “I will cooperate in this investigation, but I will NOT answer any questions until my NAPUS Postmaster Representative is present!”
- Then contact a PM Rep., or a NAPUS Officer.
- AND stop talking – do not answer any questions until you have a PM Rep present!
- You are responsible for understanding and exercising your right to representation!
- You can still cooperate immediately by providing any requested Postal documents.
Will you have to eventually answer the questions that are being asked?
Yes, (if administrative action only); the ELM requires you to cooperate in investigations.
“665.3 Cooperation in Investigations
Employees must cooperate in any postal investigation, including Office of Inspector General investigations. “
But, you do not have to answer questions until you have a NAPUS PM Rep present.
Why then, is it important to have your PM Rep present?
- To meet with your Rep prior to any meeting.
- To make sure you understand the implications of the warning document.
- To advise you on the correct way to answer questions (truthfully, but with no speculation).
- To help expand on your answers if necessary.
- To possibly ask you questions during the interview that adds information that is in your best interest into the investigation.
So the Rep is fully informed if a disciplinary action is eventually issued and an appeal is necessary.
In what level office could you possibly need a PM Rep?
ALL! EPM to EAS 26