I live in Washington,
D.C. Can I just go to the Office of Personnel Management to get a copy of my SF-50?
Wow, the questions about the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, just keep on rollin' in. Unfortunately,
this is one situation were living in Washington, D.C. — home of the federal government and one seriously underperforming NFL team — provides absolutely no benefit.
the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the civil service of the
federal government, including the policies, procedures and development of the
SF-50, OPM itself is not a short- or long-term repository for your file.
you are currently a federal employee, the best place to get a copy of your
Official Personnel Folder (OPF), which includes your SF-50, is your agency's Human Resources office.
you are a recent retiree or job-changer and left federal employment within the
last 90 days, you may be able to request a copy from the HR
office at your previous agency.
But in situations where the fine folks at HR are unable to help, you may request a copy of your SF-50, a complete
copy of your OPF, or certain other forms by writing
Personnel Records Center
111 Winnebago Street
St. Louis, MO 63118-4126
is important to note that The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 USC 552a) stipulates
that requests for information from federal records be signed and dated and in writing. That's right: only
written requests for records may be made. No calls, emails, or faxes regarding personnel records will be accepted. And pleading "But Bureaupat said you'd help" won't work either. Trust me, I've tried that one myself. Good luck!
Yours in Gov,
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