As the largest employer in the nation, the federal government has a compelling interest in establishing reasonable conditions of employment; prohibiting employee drug use is one such condition. The use of illegal drugs on or off duty by federal employees is inconsistent not only with the law abiding behavior expected of all citizens, but also with the special trust placed in such employees as servants of the government.
As a law enforcement organization, the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) has the responsibility of eliminating illegal drug use from its workplace. PSA also has a legal duty to ensure a drug-free and safe work environment that protects the public and our employees from the dangers of drug use.
PSA has developed a Drug Free Workplace Program that complies with Executive Order (EO) 12564, Drug-Free Federal Workplace, and which has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The program is fair, reasonable and considers the rights of all PSA employees. It consists of four major elements: supervisory training, employee education, drug screening, and rehabilitation.