Q & A Session – Stealing Confidential Documents


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


What is the penalty if a federal employee steals several confidential federal documents and shares them with other employees who do not have a legitimate need to know?


This sounds to me like it could be grounds for removal, and, depending on the reason the documents are confidential, criminal penalties could be imposed.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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