Analysis of a Supreme Court Opinion-15

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FACTS    Twenty-eight NASA contract employees who work with expensive  scientific equipment were required by NASA to provide additional information  about their past after the President of the United States instituted uniform  identification standards for both federal civil servants and contract employees. To  comply with those standards, the Department of Commerce required that all  contract employees with long-term access to federal facilities complete standard  background checks.  As part of the background checks, employees were asked if they  “used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs in the last year.”  1  If  employees answered yes, they were then asked to provide additional information  about any treatment or counseling they may have received. In addition, the  employees’ references were asked to provide information on the employees’ level of  honesty and trustworthiness.  The employees claimed these requests violated a  constitutional right to informational privacy, and the employees brought the issue  before a trial court, who sided with NASA. The case was then tried at the 9 th  Circuit  court, and the trial court’s decision was reversed. Finally, the case was brought  before the United States Supreme Court.   ISSUE PRESENTED    Is an employee's constitutional right to informational  privacy violated when the federal government asks questions about treatment or  counseling for recent illegal drug use during the course of a background  investigation?
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2012 for the course MAN 6637 taught by Professor Kraft during the Spring '12 term at University of Florida.

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