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Use of Official Title or Stationery for Letters of Recommendation

This document applies to letters of recommendation NOT involving Visa support.  See Letters in Support of Visa Actions.

Official title and stationery may be used to respond to a request from an individual who seeks an employment recommendation or character reference if


Official Title and Stationery May Be Used:

Official Title and Stationery May Not Be Used:

In circumstances where official title and stationery may not be used, the NIH employee may refer to their NIH position in the body of a personal letter as one of several biographical details so long as it is clear that the employee is writing in their personal capacity. The employee should state that the recommendation reflects his or her personal opinion and is not the opinion of the NIH/IC.

For additional information, contact your IC's Deputy Ethics Counselor or Ethics Coordinator.

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Updated: 11/25/08