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OPM Issues Another Favorable Ruling in Selective Service Failure to Register Case

On October 14, 2011, OPM issued another ruling in favor of a client, finding his failure to register with the Selective Service was not knowing and willful. The fact pattern was very similar to the many cases we have handled involving a failure to register — our client had immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old and never discovered the existence of the Selective Service until he applied for citizenship. Unfortunately, by that time, he was 30 years old and his attempt to register was rejected because he was too old. Upon consideration of the evidence we submitted, including sworn declarations and other pertinent information, the Director of OPM agreed that our client's failure to register was not knowing and willful, thereby clearing the way for federal employment.