April 24, 2017 – April 28, 2017 all-day America/New York Timezone
International Student House (ISH) – Ella Burling Hall
1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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This week focuses on two types of administrative investigations in the federal workplace: misconduct investigations and EEO investigations. After an overview of the substantive law, participants will learn procedures and best practices for conducting investigations in the federal workplace, including planning the investigation, collecting evidence, dealing with witnesses, understanding types of questioning, and testifying at hearing. The week concludes with a day focused on writing an investigative report.

Sessions run from 8:30 – 4:00 each day.

This program fulfills the requirements for 32-hour EEO Investigator training and 8-hour annual EEO investigator refresher training.


Deborah HopkinsRock Rockenbach

Daily Agenda


Administrative Investigations: The Substantive Basis: Why investigate; discipline law and elements; understanding charges of misconduct; agency defenses civil rights discrimination bases; disability and religious accommodation issues; medical evidence issues.


Conducting the Investigation, Part I: Evidentiary principles; purpose of investigation; collecting penalty evidence; witness rights; union representation; preparing for the investigation; role of the investigator; planning the investigation; Investigation Plan exercise.


Conducting the Investigation, Part II: Setting up the room; question types; funnel technique; conducting the interview; handling difficult witnesses; assessing credibility/lies/hearing what isn’t said; body language; interviewing exercise.


Conducting the Investigation, Part III: Gathering other evidence; technology and investigations; high profile case considerations; testifying at an administrative hearing; rules for being an effective witness; Jeopardy exercise.


Writing the Investigative Report: Organizing for the report; establishing the chronology; report writing style; report writing conventions; report organization.


Most people attend the full training week, but you may opt out of any days you don’t plan to attend.

  • 5 days = $2070
  • 4 days = $1700
  • 3 days = $1310
  • 2 days = $930
  • 1 day = $510

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