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Anne Wagner, Associate Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel

For newly minted or experienced lawyers, the federal government provides lots of opportunities for a long and challenging career. Just ask Anne Wagner. She recently left the Merit Systems Protection Board after a six-year stint. Now she's the new associate special counsel at the Office of Special Counsel. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about her career change, and her extensive background as a civil servant.

Tags: Anne Wagner , MSPB , workforce

Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:48am EDT
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Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , whistleblower , Oversight , Veterans Affairs , Jory Heckman , mangement , workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

Tags: Eric Bachman , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:40am EST
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Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: whistleblower , industry , contracting , waste fraud abuse , Oversight , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

OSC helps VA whistleblowers retain jobs, regain reputations

Veterans Affairs whistleblowers reclaimed their jobs and reputations after supervisors tried to downplay claims of falsified performance reports, a delayed response to rape allegations against a VA employee and low staffing levels at VA medical centers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Oversight , MSPB , back pay , whistleblower , suspension , VA Medical Centers , Sean McCalley

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:17pm EST

OSC investigating dozens of claims of whistleblower retaliation at VA

The Office of Special Counsel is investigating more than three dozen claims of whistleblower retaliation at the scandal-rocked Veterans Affairs Department. The 37 cases OSC is investigating span VA facilities in 19 states. They include VA employees who say they've been retaliated against for disclosing a range of misconduct, including improper scheduling practices, the misuse of agency funds and inappropriately restraining patients, according to OSC.

Tags: VA , Oversight , whistleblower retaliation , Carolyn Lerner , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:32am EDT

Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tags: Hatch Act , Ana Galindo-Marrone , political activity , workforce , Oversight , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Shirine Moazed, Chief of Washington field office, Office of Special Counsel

Your agency's deadline for a Whistleblower Certification Program is June 1. Congress created the program in 2002 and the Obama Administration wants federal agencies to finish making it a standard part of their workforce policies. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Shirine Moazed, chief of the Washington field office for the Office of Special Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the certification program works and offers five steps to meet the deadline.

Tags: Shirine Moazed , Trust Redefined , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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