Fee Structure

We understand costs are a serious concern to potential clients.  This is why we fully disclose our fee structure up front and do not require a large financial commitment.  We hope this fee structure simplifies the decision making process of potential clients in determining whether and how to engage our services. Questions about consulting? click here. To initiate a no obligation consultation, click here. As always, initial consultations are without charge or obligation. Initial consultations require up to 30 minutes, so be prepared to answer serious questions as we determine whether our services will prove of value to you in your specific situation.

At this time we are not directly accepting clients from the Veterans Administration (VA). If you are a bargaining unit member, you should contact your local union.  Non-bargaining unit members should seek other appropriate counsel.

Please note: your consultant will assess your specific facts and circumstances and provide a customized estimate of the number of hours recommended to perform the scope of services requested or whether a flat fee arrangement would be more appropriate.  You are never under any obligation.

InformedFED Core Services Fees

  • Initial Consultation
    • No Charge (up to 30 minutes)
      • The purpose of the initial consultation is to assess your situation and determine which aspects may be actionable from our perspective and whether our services will provide value to you.  Initial consultations typically last up to 15-30 minutes and may involve a short document review prior to the consultation.
  • Hourly Rate
    • $160 hourly rate; Minimum 4 hour retainer
      • Our consultants bill on an hourly basis (minimum of 4 hour retainer), with no obligation on your part to commit to large or ongoing retainers. However, there may be exceptions in certain cases as determined by the consultant.  For example, if the scope of work is clearly expected to exceed the minimum retainer of 4 hours and we believe we cannot meet client expectations within the minimum retainer. Otherwise, you simply retain a consultant for the amount of hours you believe needed or as agreed to in discussion with a consultant.  There is no obligation other than a 4 hour minimum retainer (case dependent). Our hourly rate is all inclusive and there are no hidden fees.  Time is billed in 1/10th hr increments.
      • Consultants are not obligated to accept cases or clients.
  • SF-50 Document Review
    • $125 Flat Rate Fee
      • This flat rate fee provides direct review of a single SF-50.
        • A $25 discount is applied to each additional SF-50.
      • Typical applications include accuracy review or interpretation of Nature of Action Codes (NOA), legal authorities, employee data, position data, and remarks as well as instructive guidance to obtain corrections or expungements to extent possible.
      • This flat rate fee does not include additional casework. The client may elect to secure a retainer as necessary.
  • Federal Job Application Review 
    • $225 Flat Rate Fee
      • This flat rate fee provides direct review of your federal application documents by a consultant and a followup 1/2 hr. phone consultation in regard to potential security and suitability issues specifically in connection with submission of the OPM form OF-306 Declaration for Employment and your resume.  The consultant will review all documents in connection with your application including the associated vacancy announcement and consult with you on security and suitability concerns and best methods in handling and responding to these concerns.
  • “Second Opinion” or Document Review
    • $350 Flat Rate Fee
      • This flat rate provides limited document review and up to 1/2 hr. phone consultation regarding nearly any issue and associated documents.
      • Typical applications include review of performance documents, Last Chance Agreements (LCA’s), counseling letters, responses to proposed disciplinary or adverse actions such as reprimands, suspensions, removals, demotions and mandated reassignments.
      • This flat rate fee does not include additional casework. The client may elect to secure a retainer as necessary.
  • Mediation or Settlement Preparation
    • $400 Flat Rate Fee
      • This service typically applies to mediation or settlement negotiations preparation applicable to matters in EEO, MSPB, arbitration, Last Chance Agreements (LCA), agency ADR programs aside from EEO, and grievance resolution.
      • This flat rate provides limited document review in support of mediation or settlement efforts and up to a 1 hr. phone consultation to prepare the client for mediation or settlement negotiations with the agency.  This fee also includes  review of any resulting (subsequent) settlement offer or agreement. This service prepares the employee to professionally present their case at mediation or settlement, advises on procedures and processes, conduct at the table, negotiations techniques, and finalization of agreements and proposed settlement remedies.
      • This flat rate fee does not include additional casework.
  • Initial Case Assessment (ICA)
    • $475 Flat Rate Fee
      • This service typically applies to all aspects of EEO cases including pre-complaint at both informal and formal stage, EEO Final Agency Decisions (FAD), review of agency proposed adverse actions (suspensions greater than 14 days, removals, and demotions), MSPB appeals, arbitration, Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) complaints, and negotiated grievances.
      • This flat fee provides a comprehensive review and determination of whether a client’s presented issue is actionable and in what manner and forum.  The ICA includes a full review of evidence, phone conference with client to ascertain facts and circumstances, applicable research and application, as well as a closeout phone conference to provide the client with conclusive guidance on how and whether to proceed.  
      • This flat rate fee does not include additional casework such as finalizing EEO claims, preparing responses to proposed adverse actions, preparing MSPB appeal submissions, or initiating appeals of Final Agency Decisions. The client may elect to secure a retainer as necessary.
  • Review of Report of Investigation (ROI) in Connection with EEO Complaint
    • $550 Flat Rate Fee
      • This flat fee provides a full review of a completed (issued) Report of Investigation (ROI) including analysis of investigated (and amended) claims and evidence in consideration of burdens of proof at either an EEOC hearing or Final Agency Decision (FAD).  Our consultant will conduct a telephone conference to discuss findings and recommendations concerning both the viability and sustainability of your claims in the context of either an elected Final Agency Decision (FAD) or request for an EEOC hearing as well as additional evidentiary options (discovery) prior to hearing.
      • Assess sustainability of claims at hearing in consideration of results of ROI, supplemental discovery, and evidentiary burdens of proof to include assessment of direct and circumstantial evidence.
      • Review and advise on requested remedies in consideration of investigative results of the Report of Investigation.
      • If selecting this option please note that we will need sufficient lead-time to meet the deadlines in electing a FAD or EEOC hearing. Under normal circumstances we require a five calendar day minimum response time from the date we receive required documents.
      • This flat rate fee does not include additional casework. The client may elect to secure a retainer as necessary.

InformedFED provides expert administrative consulting and related transactional services to federal employees in all labor and employee relations matters.


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