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Drug & Alcohol Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs provide information on frequent questions or concerns. If you have questions about specific topics not included here, please contact us

General Questions

IBC is responsible for the management of the Drug-Free Workplace Program for the Department of the Interior and all its bureaus. See Personnel Bulletin 17-15 for more information.

IBC staff can manage or assist with every facet of the Drug-Free Workplace Program at your agency, from program management to the urine collections.

Contact IBC staff today via email or 202-208-5638. Helpful information to have available includes how many Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) your agency or office has, how many donors you test annually, what geographic locations your donors/employees are in, what services you are interested in using.

Currently, Abbott (formerly Pembrooke Occupational Health) and Quest Diagnostics. Abbott is responsible for scheduling tests, sending supplies to clinics, maintaining the web based database system, and providing the Medical Review Officer function. Quest analyzes the urine specimens. See our Contracts & IAAs page for more information.

No, at this time we cannot provide services to state governments, private organizations, or non-federal organizations.

Immediately contact the DOI Drug Program Manager at 202-208-5638.

The Drug-Free Workplace Program at DOI was not created to single out individual employees. As an employee in a Testing Designated Position (TDP) you have agreed to submit to random testing. Testing at DOI is done several times a year and employees have the same odds of being tested each time a random selection is made (e.g. if you are tested in October, that does not mean you cannot be tested again in November, your name is not "set-aside" so to speak). DOI tests approximately 15% of employees in positions regulated by Health and Human Services (HHS). Employees in positions regulated by Department of Transportation (DOT) will be tested at the random testing rates set by DOT. You may be chosen several times in a year to take a test or not at all.

Contact your servicing personnel office. Most likely, the employee was miscoded in the FPPS as occupying a TDP.

Contact your agency's Drug Program Coordinator immediately.

Bring a photo ID and be ready to provide a urine specimen. Under federal regulations, the collection site cannot accept other specimen types (hair, blood, saliva). You must provide a urine specimen. You will need to provide or verify the last five digits of your Social Security Number or other employee identification number. You do not need to bring prescription medicine or doctor notes/orders with you to the clinic. If medical/prescription information is needed after your urine has been analyzed, you will be contacted. You will be asked to empty your pockets, remove outer clothing (jackets or hats), and wash your hands. You will be allowed to provide the specimen in privacy. You should have visual contact of your specimen at all times until it is sealed with the tamper evident seals. You will read the certification statement on your Custody and Control Form, sign your name, and provide your contact information. You will receive a copy of your Custody and Control Form.

Those allowed per federal regulations, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, opioids, and amphetamines.

Possibly. The Drug-Free Workplace Program was created to identify illegal drug users, not those with legitimate prescriptions. If your specimen meets the cut-off levels for amphetamines, your contact information will be shared with the Medical Review Officer (MRO) and they will contact you to discuss. Once the MRO determines you are on a legitimate prescription, your results will be reported to the Agency as negative.

Although your state recognizes the medicinal use of marijuana, the federal government does not. Using marijuana while employed for the federal government is prohibited.


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