Public Trust Denied for a 28 years old offense

I was denied public trust for a mistake I made 28 years hanging out with the wrong people. I haven’t had any runnings ever since. When filling the EQIP it asked in the last 7 years have you have any arrest I answered NO, I got letter from them to explain the arrest which I explained to them what happened and was very apologize for my action, I wasn’t even interviewed and today just got a letter saying that I was denied based on the felony offense
Is it possible to appeal even though it says final result? Please help

I have no idea what you did but some things are lifetime disqualifiers.

Does the letter specifically mention the public trust, or does it talk about ‘suitability?’

A finding that someone is not ‘suitable’ is much more difficult to appeal… in many cases there is no appeal.

As @HR2C notes there are “in the last X years, have you…” questions and “Have you EVER…” questions. Some Public Trust determinations are similar to security clearances. But like I said, it could be a ‘suitability’ concern, especially for a direct hire civil service employee position. And anything connected with law enforcement can involve a whole new set of standards.

I am an investigator, you are literally preaching to the choir. Like I said there ARE things that WILL disqualify you for life. Without knowing what this person did, there is no way of know why they may be having an issue. And yes, as an investigator we ARE given a list of disqualifications so NO I am not just guessing.

@HR2C It was accessory to commit credit card fraud, which i was given probation and it was discharged…

Give me a minute I am looking at the list

Ok so I don’t see exact verbiage that says credit card fraud. There are things that talk about unlawful concealment of money and that is indefinite for banking positions, unlawful trading, stuff like that. One talks about bonds and sureties. I don’t think any of those pertain to credit card fraud does it? If the position you are trying to get is in the banking field there may be a problem but if not I am not finding a statutory debarment.

I was an adjudicator what does it say?

Thank you all for taking the time out to answer my question… I just went through the letter it says “unfit”… The question stated in the last 7years which I answered no since it was 28 years ago and their is no follow up question with the “EVER” option. It’s with the Department of Homeland Security as a contractor

I think “unfit” is another way of saying unsuitable, so technically this may not be a denial of the public trust. Often when a candidate is found ‘unsuitable’ for a position requiring a security clearance, there is verbiage in the notification that it is not a security clearance denial.

Perhaps you could reach out to your federal representative.

@sbusquirrel thanks I hope you had a nice thanksgivings… but it says it’s says it the final decision that am unfit to support the contract. My contracting office hasn’t said anything yet… So you think I should contact an attorney?

My understanding is that a decision regarding a security clearance can be appealed, but any determination of unsuitability/unfit(ness?) is much more difficult to contest. In fact I think that is why some agencies choose this route.

I guess you could contact an attorney, but I do not have any experience with that other than second hand reports, and those had to do with security clearance decisions.