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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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Carolyn Lerner, Office of Special Counsel

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 is one tool that is helping to build federal employees' trust in their agencies. More employees are reporting waste, fraud and abuse to the Office of Special Counsel. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Carolyn Lerner on the Federal Drive. She says the new law lets her office more aggressively defend both whistleblowers and the federal government's merit system.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Trust Redefined , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tags: management , workforce , oversight , MSPB , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shirine Moazed , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Tags: CBP , IRS , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Alan Bersin , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

New leadership at DHS cracks down on overtime abuse at CBP

Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.

Tags: workforce , management , Catherine Emerson , Jeh Johnson , DHS , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , John Tester , Carolyn Lerner , National Border Patrol Council , Brandon Judd , Ronald Vitiello , CBP , administratively uncontrollable overtime , pay and benefits , Lauren Larson

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:28pm EST
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Whistleblower cases have gone 'through the roof,' even as OSC faces uncertain budget

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency tasked with investigating federal-agency whistleblower claims and protecting whistleblowers, themselves, from retaliation has seen demand for its work skyrocket in the wake of recent legislative changes. Now, Carolyn Lerner, the head of the OSC, said she hopes the small agency's budget will keep pace.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , workforce , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 05:23pm EST
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Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tags: DoD , OPM , MSPB , whistleblower protections , Andres Grajales , AFGE , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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