A background investigator calls you or shows up at your door and says they want to ask you some questions about someone you know. How do you know they are legit?
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Investigations Service (FIS) provides oversight for the federal and contract investigators who perform the investigative checks for background investigations. These investigators carry credentials that identify them as representatives of OPM and must show their credentials before requesting any information. The person who is the subject of the investigation has already given their full consent to run the necessary checks, but if the party who is being questioned for information wants a copy of the Authorization for Release of Information form that was signed, then it must be provided by the investigator. Please note that electronically signed forms are valid in accordance with Public Law 105-277.