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When does the complaint become formal?

An EEO complaint becomes formal when the Complainant completes the DHS Formal Complaint Form 3090, provided to them by their EEO Counselor at the conclusion of counseling, and that form is filed within 15 calendar days from receipt of the Notice of Right to File (NORTF) letter with the Privacy and Diversity Office, Complaints Management and Investigations Group (CMIG).

The complaint form must be signed by the aggrieved party or the party's attorney. The complaint must include the telephone number and the address of the complainant and/or the chosen representative. The complaint itself must precisely identify the complainant and agency. A general description of the alleged discriminatory action or practice must also be included.