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Investigative Process

Because the goal of an investigation is to determine the truth or falsity of matters alleged, the procedures used in the investigative process focus on obtaining relevant facts so as to address all aspects of an allegation.

An investigative plan outlines the pertinent facts of an allegation and how to best obtain evidence that will either prove or disprove matters essential to the offense alleged.

Investigative activities include examination of documents, such as files, contracts, vouchers, reports, and memoranda. Investigators also obtain information by interviewing witnesses, technical experts, and the subjects of investigations.

Information obtained from such interviews may be documented in records of interviews, by affidavits sworn under oath, and in depositions given under oath, and transcribed by a court reporter.

After all relevant information is gathered, an investigative report is prepared. When there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the report or a referral may be presented to the DOJ or other law enforcement entity to consider for prosecution in Federal Court or other appropriate court. If the evidence presented shows an administrative offense demonstrating fraud, waste, or abuse, the report will be sent to appropriate FCC manager(s) for action.

If an investigation clears an employee of wrongdoing, the employee will be notified.

last reviewed/updated on 9/4/01 

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