Under 5 CFR part 731, agencies have the responsibility to screen for and evaluate suitability issues in cases involving applicants for competitive service positions, except the following, which must be referred to OPM:
Cases involving evidence of:
• Material, intentional false statement in examination or appointment, or
• Deception or fraud in examination or appointment; and
• Cases involving refusal to furnish testimony as required by 5 CFR section 5.4.
Note: The agency has the latitude to determine what office within the agency will be
responsible for adjudicating suitability issues. This function may be done in the DEO, but is not
required to be done there. For further information concerning suitability determinations refer to
5 CFR part 731.