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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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Feds need to think twice about political activity

Ana Galindo-Marrone, chief of the Hatch Act unit of the Office of Special Counsel, spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose about which common political activities could get federal employees in hot water.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 08:36am EDT
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Lawmakers, US agency favor Hatch Act changes

Jon Greiner's election to the Utah Senate caused his firing as Ogden police chief. Philadelphia transit cop Matthew Arlen was barred from a local school board race in Pennsylvania. And New York state port official Terrence Hurley was knocked out of a county race.

Saturday - 03/24/2012, 08:16am EDT

MSPB, OSC already feeling brunt of budget reductions

Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they've trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 06:00am EDT
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Analysis: Hatch Act modernization good for feds, better for locals

Debra Roth, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, said the Hatch Act Modernization of 2012 would widen the array of penalties for violating the law that governs political activities by government workers.

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 11:52am EST
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Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST

Grassley, Issa call for review of federal policies for using personal email

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients, the two lawmakers say the Food and Drug Administration lawsuit raises broader questions about how other agencies monitor employee use of personal email. The House and Senate members want OMB to conduct a governmentwide analysis of these policies.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:34pm EST

What legal pitfalls await feds in 2012?

Bill Bransford, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, offers some insight to federal employees on upcoming whistleblower legislation and the possible ramifications of on-the-job political activities.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 12:52pm EST
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Report: Remains of 274 troops dumped in landfill

A published report says the remains of many more troops have been dumped in a Virginia landfill than the military originally acknowledged.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 09:53pm EST

Report: Federal whistleblowers don't sense letup in agency retaliation

Federal employees increasingly perceive less agency wrongdoing but that doesn't necessarily mean the threat of retaliation for reporting such misconduct has similarly decreased, according to a new Merit System Protection Board report.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 08:39am EST

Two whistleblowers get 45-day stay after OSC intervention

After the Office of Special Counsel intervened on their behalf, two federal whistleblowers won a 45-day stay on personnel actions taken against them.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 03:27pm EDT

Office of Special Counsel wants Hatch Act overhaul

The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when "typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication," Lerner said.

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 10:03am EDT
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OSC comes to defense of two federal whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is seeking to halt adverse personnel actions against two federal whistleblowers. Both employees were placed on unpaid administrative leave after they blew the whistle at their agencies.

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 02:09pm EDT

Senate committee approves OMB, OSC nominees

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:49pm EDT

OSC head nominee promises whistleblower support

Carolyn Lerner plans to improve the Office of Special Counsel if confirmed following the agencies two-year span without a Senate confirmed leader.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 04:29pm EST

Scott Bloch fights to avoid prison time

The former government protector of whistle-blowers who admitted to criminally withholding information from Congress asked a judge to withdraw his guilty plea to avoid mandatory jail time. Attorney Debra Roth explains what's going on.

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 09:41am EST

Part 3: SBA whistleblowers weigh resolution options

In part 3 of Federal News Radio's exclusive investigative series "Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA," Karla Saunders weighs her options to find resolution in her three-year battle against alleged retaliation. Saunders and three other agency employees say they want to return to their original jobs and restore their reputations. SBA officials say the agency is focusing on strengthening management and oversight.

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 06:46am EST
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Part 2: SBA employees allege fake positions created

In part 2 of the special investigative series, Diane Sellers said she faced another round of retaliation just this past January when management moved her into a new position without cause. Sellers and two other career agency officials say they are facing a hostile work environment because they blew the whistle on potential misconduct. SBA says there is no evidence of HR violations or creating phony positions.

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 07:15am EST
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OSC to probe veteran discrimination cases

Congress expanded the Office of Special Counsel's role to handle half of all claims by veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Previously, OSC just brought claims before the MSPB, but now it will handle them from beginning to end.

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 07:40pm EST
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Election season guidelines for federal workers

The Hatch Act restricts how open federal employees can be with political preferences

Monday - 08/16/2010, 10:30am EDT
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