ERIC Number: ED307456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Drug Testing. Federal Agency Plans for Testing Employees. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
The drug-testing plans covering 11 of the 12 civilian federal cabinet-level agencies met the requirements of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, and the guidelines themselves were found to contain the elements required by Public Law 100-71. However, the drug-testing plans differ, so employees may find different circumstances depending on where they work. The frequency at which employees in testing designated positions (TDPs) would be tested varies from an annual testing rate of 4 percent to 100 percent. Five plans called for the testing of all job applicants, not just those applying for TDPs. Most agencies planned to test for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine. However, random testing in three departments will be limited to marijuana and cocaine. Most plans cite a specific list of disciplinary actions to be taken when an employee tests positive. None of the plans discussed how its implementation will be affected by the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which may protect employees who are drug abusers from adverse actions unless the agency can show impairment of the employee's job performance or a direct threat to property or others' safety. (CML)
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Drug Legislation, Drug Use Testing, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Federal Government, Federal Regulation, Government Employees, Illegal Drug Use, Labor Legislation, Public Agencies
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies: $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.